Planning staff: Approve Encana pipeline project |

Planning staff: Approve Encana pipeline project

The Garfield County planning staff has recommended approval of EnCana’s proposed 24-inch natural gas pipeline in western Garfield County.The Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission holds a public hearing on EnCana’s special use permit application for the pipeline at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The Garfield County Commissioners are scheduled to consider the application on Monday, July 21.The planning staff is recommending six conditions for approval, including a weed control and reclamation plan.EnCana plans to begin construction on the 10-mile pipeline Aug. 1, and expects to finish in 17 weeks, according to the company’s 21-page plan of development filed with the Bureau of Land Management.The pipeline’s route starts at EnCana’s Pumba compressor facility, 4.5 miles south of Rifle. It goes in a northwesterly direction, between Grass Mesa and Taughenbaugh Mesa, to the company’s West Rifle Facility, on the north side of Interstate 70 and west of Rifle.The pipeline, called the Hunter Mesa Gathering Pipeline, will cross 21,266 feet of BLM property, said BLM realty specialist Vaughn Hackett. The pipeline also crosses eight pieces of private land.The pipeline will be able to transport up to 200 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day, and will replace a 12-inch line that can carry 130 million cubic feet.From the West Rifle facility, the gas will be sent to the Roan Cliff compressor station, then through a Williams Energy pipeline to the TransColorado Pipeline. The gas will ultimately be delivered to users in northern New Mexico, western Colorado and Utah.EnCana has already obtained permits from the BLM, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Transportation, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.Earlier in the year, EnCana announced plans to drill 200 new gas wells in its Mamm Creek gas field south of Silt this year.The other agenda items on tonight’s planning commission meeting are:-A sketch plan review for the Cardinale Subdivision on County Road 259 between Silt and Rifle. The applicants, John and Janice Cardinale, want to subdivide 14 acres into two lots.-A public hearing for Gilead Gardens, located between the Colorado River and County Road 335, three miles west of Apple Tree Mobile Home Park. The applicants, BBD Trust and David and Renee Miller, want to subdivide a 35-acre parcel into 10 lots, four of which will allow accessory dwelling units.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext.

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