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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 07/04/13
Contacts: Lorraine Salas , 575-525-4388  

BLM Issues Decision on Natural Gas Pipeline Project


Farmington, NM – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Farmington Field Office, New Mexico has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluating a right-of-way (ROW) application from Enterprise Mid-America Pipeline (MAPL) for the construction, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of about 234 miles of natural gas pipeline known as the Western Expansion Pipeline III Project (WEPIII). 

The EA analyzes the environmental impacts from the proposed project. It reflects response to public comments made during a 30-day public comment period on the EA, including comments requesting additional information on public safety, floodplain information, adjustments to avoid impacts to Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and additional groundwater well data. The EA considers a reasonable range of alternatives, including a No Action alternative, and discloses the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects of the project.  The EA serves as the basis for the BLM’s decision to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed action. After a thorough analysis of the potential environmental impacts and consideration of comments from the public and State and Federal agencies, the BLM has decided to approve the MAPL WEP III Project.

The EA and BLM’s Decision Record, including the FONSI, ROW Grant and the MAPL WEP III Plan of Development, can be found on the New Mexico BLM’s website at: www.blm.gov/nm/westernexpansionpipeline.

The project will transport natural gas liquid products in northwestern New Mexico to Hobbs, New Mexico, and ultimately to markets in Mont Belvieu, Texas, helping to meet existing and future demand.  The proposed pipeline will be comprised of a series of six loop segments and will follow an existing pipeline corridor. A pipeline ‘looping’ project refers to installing a pipeline adjacent/parallel to an existing pipeline and connecting them through valves.

The pipeline route will cross approximately 67 miles of BLM land, 26 miles of tribal lands (Navajo Nation and Zia Pueblo) administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 27 miles of state land, and 114 miles of private lands.   The Applicant estimates construction could begin as early as summer 2013 and will take approximately six to nine months to complete. 

Digital and hard copies of the EA and Decision Document are also available at the following BLM field offices:

Farmington Field Office 
6251 College Blvd. Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402 

Rio Puerco Field Office  
435 Montano Road Northeast 
Albuquerque, NM 87107  

Roswell Field Office
2909 W. Second Street
Roswell, NM 88201-2019

If you need additional information, or if you have questions concerning the project, please contact Lorraine Salas, BLM National Project Manager stationed at the Las Cruces District Office, 1800 Marquess St., Las Cruces, NM 88005 (phone 575-525-4388, email lsalas@blm.gov).



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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 07-04-2013