U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
North Dakota Field Office
|Release Date: 04/22/13|
|News Release No. 112204A|
BLM seeks comment on Right-of-Way Application Amendment
Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 the BLM intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for an application to amend an existing right-of-way for the proposed BakkenLink existing pipeline system to Beaver Lodge Project. This notice solicits the views and comments of private and governmental stakeholders in order to ensure that potential socioeconomic and environmental issues are considered and addressed.
The BLM is the designated lead federal agency for preparation of the EA for this project. The U.S. Forest Service McKenzie Ranger District and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Riverdale, North Dakota Office are cooperating agencies.
The originally proposed project was evaluated in an EA in 2012. Jurisdictional agencies were interested in evaluating a Horizontal Directional Drill alternative crossing method of Lake Sakakawea and inadequate data existed at the time to determine the feasibility of an HDD at the proposed location. Therefore, the BLM Decision Record indicated that it analyzed most, but not all, of the proposed project and possible alternatives.
The feasibility report completed by a third-party HDD expert determined that an HDD is not feasible due to multiple factors, and indicated a very high likelihood of failure.
Given the new information, BakkenLink filed an application to amend its existing ROW to complete the project as originally proposed, crossing Lake Sakakawea using conventional pipeline construction methods, and terminating at the Beaver Lodge Interconnect Facility near Tioga.
The proposed project would continue to allow transport of Bakken crude oil southward to the Fryburg rail loading facility, but also would allow bidirectional flow, northward to the Beaver Lodge Interconnect Facility. In total, approximately 5.3 miles of the proposed alignment occurs on federal land. The remaining alignment is proposed on private land and State of North Dakota-owned lands. The proposed pipeline would be buried and follow existing pipeline and utility easements to the extent practicable.
Those who provide comments are advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.
The Scoping Notice will be made available on the web at: www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/north_dakota_field.html. Once completed, the EA will be available at this website as well.
Written comments and/or resource information can be mailed to:
BLM North Dakota Field Office
Comments also can be submitted electronically at email@example.com. Interested parties can contact the North Dakota Field Office at 701.227.7700 for more information.
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. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 04-22-2013|
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