Bull Mountain Pipeline work continues through Thursday
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The federal government will allow the building of the Bull Mountain pipeline to continue until Thursday. Construction was supposed to end on Oct. 1, according to the U.S. National Forest Service.
The Bureau of Land Management had issued a cease and desist order in late September blocking any further building of a controversial 25-mile natural gas pipeline through national forest lands in Gunnison, Mesa and Garfield counties.
Officials with the Forest Service said completion of pipeline “tie-ins” will “result in a greater potion of the (pipeline’s) right of way being completely reclaimed, rather than temporarily stabilized for the winter.”
Tie-ins are sections of pipeline that are left for attachment until the end of the construction process, according to the Forest Service. Tie-ins are used for the crossing of wetlands that must be crossed quickly, in areas where pipelines change direction and to join long sections of pipeline.
The Army Corps of Engineers recommended that wetland crossings be completed this fall during their driest state ” a recommendation the Colorado Division of Wildlife supported.
Further reclamation and winter stabilization of the pipeline will continue after Thursday.
There were two violations associated with construction of the Bull Mountain pipeline that led the BLM to issue the cease and desist order to SG Interests, the company that is behind the project. The first and most important violation was that Rifle-based Wagon Wheel Consulting, the company SG Interests hired to provide environmental consulting for the building of the pipeline, only had one environmental inspector remaining on the project.
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