U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 11/05/12|
BLM accepting public comment on Meeker gas plant Environmental Assessment (11-05-12)
MEEKER, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment for a proposed expansion at the Meeker Gas Plant.
Enterprise Gas Processing, LLC proposes a plan to expand the Meeker Gas Plant by approximately 43 acres on public lands to process increased natural gas production. The proposed expansion is adjacent to the County Road 83 facility approximately 20 miles southwest of Meeker. Enterprise anticipates construction to occur in two consecutive phases each running approximately 18 months. When completed, the expansion will increase current natural gas production by 700 million cubic feet per day.
More than 17% of the acreage identified for the expansion is already in use through permits Enterprise obtained in 2009. Rio Blanco County estimates $5.3 million in annual property tax revenues, based on current tax levies, due to the expansion. Enterprise would offset the loss of mule deer severe winter range with a one-time payment of $77,400 to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for off-site habitat to offset habitat disrupted for the expansion.
The EA and maps showing the location of the expansion are available on the BLM White River Field Office website at: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo/index.html
Public comments regarding this proposal will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Dec. 5, 2012. Written comments can be mailed to the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market Street, Meeker, CO 81641. Comments can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General questions can be directed to Janet Doll at 970 878-3803.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
Members of the media contact BLM Public Affairs Specialist, Chris Joyner at (970) 210-2126.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
220 E Market Street Meeker, CO 81641
|Last updated: 11-05-2012|
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