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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 BLM_NM_SFO_Comments@blm.gov 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.
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 BLM_NM_SFO_Comments@blm.gov.