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Kinder Morgan Lobos CO2 Pipeline Project

Update 11-6-2014

The BLM is in the process of selecting alternatives and analyzing data for the Draft EIS.  In addition, we have updated the map of Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline route to provide more detail.  A map of the alternatives will be available when the Draft EIS is published.  We also have updated the Frequently Asked Questions page to include current information and address additional questions.

Update 9-9-2014

The Frequently Asked Questions page is available! This document is based on questions received during and after the scoping period.

Update 4-1-2014

The Scoping Report is available! The Scoping Report provides an overview of the comments received during and after the scoping period. Please note that, while the scoping period has ended, the BLM will continue to accept comments throughout the NEPA process

Update 2-4-2014

The BLM thanks everyone who participated in the scoping process.  We appreciate the time and effort you have contributed to this project. 

The project Scoping Period ended on January 29, 2014, however, public comments will continue to be accepted throughout the BLM's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.  Comments or questions received after the end of the comment period may not be included in the Scoping Report or addressed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  Based on the complexity of the information provided and the amount of time that has passed after the end of the scoping period, you may not see your comment(s) addressed until the Final EIS.

The BLM will use comments from the public, agencies, and tribes to develop a range of alternatives to Kinder Morgan’s proposed route.  The BLM will analyze the range of alternatives, including the No Action Alternative and Kinder Morgan’s proposed route, and document this analysis in the EIS.  The next formal opportunity for public comment will occur once the BLM has released the Draft EIS for public review.  Comments from the Draft EIS review and comment period, as well as any comments that were received too late to be incorporated into the Draft EIS, will be incorporated into the Final EIS.


For further information, contact:
Mark Mackiewicz, 
Washington Office Project Manager
(435) 636-3616

Information About CO2

Carbon Dioxide Frequently Asked Questions Information Portal

Natural CO2 Reservoirs on the Colorado Plateau and Southern Rocky Mountains: Candidates for CO2 Sequestration

Pipeline Safety Stakeholder Communication: Regulatory Fact Sheet: New Mexico 

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Right-of-Way Application Process
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What's Next

Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The BLM will collect data and develop alternatives to the route proposed by Kinder Morgan.  The BLM will consider input from Public Scoping, Native American Tribes, and Cooperating Agencies during the BLM’s alternative development process. Once the BLM has identified alternatives, the BLM will analyze the potential impacts from the proposed route and the BLM’s alternatives. This analysis will be documented in the Draft EIS.  Specialists with expertise in the following disciplines will be involved in the Draft EIS process: rangeland management, minerals and geology, outdoor recreation, archaeology, paleontology, wildlife, lands and realty, hydrology, soils, sociology, and economics.  Other specialists also may be involved.

DEIS Comment Period
The next formal opportunity for public comment will occur when the BLM publishes the Draft EIS. The publication of the DEIS will begin a 45-day comment period.  During the comment period, the BLM will hold public meetings in addition to accepting written comments.

The BLM will alert the public to the availability of the DEIS by placing notices in the Federal Register and local newspapers, and sending an announcement to the project mailing list.  The Draft EIS will be available on this website and through local BLM offices.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email with your contact information to or call the Socorro Field Office at (575) 835-0412.

Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
Once the Draft EIS comment period has ended, the BLM will revise the analysis based on public feedback on the Draft EIS. The revised analysis will be documented in a Final EIS, which also will be made available to the public.

Proposed Action

On September 11, 2012, Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, L.P. (Kinder Morgan), submitted an application to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Socorro Field Office, requesting a right-of-way (ROW) across public lands for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline.  The purpose of the pipeline would be to transport CO2 for enhanced oil recovery at existing oil fields in Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

The Kinder Morgan proposed pipeline would originate at the St. Johns CO2 field in Apache County, Arizona. The proposed pipeline would cross three New Mexico counties (Catron, Socorro, and Torrance) and would terminate at the existing Kinder Morgan Cortez Pipeline, at Main Line Valve (MLV) 160. According to Kinder Morgan’s current development plan, this pipeline would consist of approximately 214 miles of 16- to 20-inch diameter pipe, with an initial capacity of approximately 200 million standard cubic feet per day of pressurized, liquid CO2. The proposed plan anticipates that up to four pump stations would be strategically located along the proposed new pipeline route, and interconnections would be made at the origin and terminus.

Kinder Morgan also proposes to construct a 40-mile long, 30-inch diameter loop parallel to their existing Cortez Pipeline in Chaves County, New Mexico. This loop would help to offset the additional CO2 load brought in from the St. Johns field, which would be introduced into the Cortez line. In addition, Kinder Morgan proposes upgrades in pumping capacity to the existing Caprock Station in Chaves County, in order to assist with the proposed increase in CO2 load. A new pump station also would be added at the location of MLV 170 on the existing Cortez Pipeline in Torrance County.

The BLM will analyze Kinder Morgan’s proposed route, as well as a range of reasonable alternatives, in the EIS. The BLM alternatives will include alternatives identified during the scoping process, as well as a “no action” option (i.e., an alternative in which the BLM does not grant a right-of-way across public land). The BLM will use this analysis to determine a preliminary Preferred Alternative which will be included  in the Draft EIS. While the BLM will consider Kinder Morgan’s proposed route and alternatives, the alternatives brought forward in the Draft EIS may not necessarily be the same.

If you have comments, suggestions, questions, or statements about the pipeline, please email us at