U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Kinder Morgan Lobos CO2 Pipeline Project
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
DEIS Comment Period
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
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.
Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline routes do not represent the BLM’s preferred route or any of the BLM’s alternative routes, for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other planning purposes. The "proposed action" is an effort brought forward by Kinder Morgan, their representatives, and/or their agents, as the route that they believe to be the most viable for their purpose and need. The information provided above is not a determination, preferred route, or a decision of the BLM. It is simply the application and company information we provide to the public to help you make an informed scoping comment at this time.