Ruby Pipeline Natural Gas Pipeline
Map of Ruby Pipeline
On June 10, 2010, the U. S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a Record of Decision (ROD) and Right-of-Way Grant (ROW) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, a 678 mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of Federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminating near Malin, Oregon. The BLM Nevada State Director, as the designated Federal official, signed the ROD and authorized the ROW for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of the pipeline and associated facilities across lands under jurisdiction of the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the four states.
In October 2012, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a challenge brought by petitioners Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife et al., and Summit Lake Paiute Tribe that the FWS’s Biologcial Opinion (BiOp) and its accompanying incidental take statement are arbitrary and capricious. Specifically, the BiOp’s “no jeopardy” and “no adverse modification” determinations rely on protective measures that are not enforceable under the Endangered Species Act, and the BiOp did not take into account the potential impacts of withdrawing 337.8 million gallons of groundwater along the pipeline.
The October ruling vacated the FWS’s BiOp and remanded it to the agency for revision, and vacated the BLM ROD because it was based on the BiOp. The ruling also remanded to the BLM to undertake a revised cumulative effects analysis as it relates to the cumulative loss of sagebrush steppe habitat.
The BLM has initiated a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Ruby Pipeline Project in response to a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling remands the BLM to undertake a revised cumulative effects analysis in the EIS as it related to the cumulative loss of sagebrush steppe habitat. The SEIS will include supplemental information about the original and present condition of the sagebrush steppe habitat and analyze the cumulative impacts of the Ruby Pipeline Project based on the supplemental information. The SEIS will serve as the foundation for the BLM’s decision on whether to reissue the BLM Right-of-Way (ROW) granted to Ruby Pipeline, LLC, for the project and, if so, to determine what terms and conditions it would require.
In response to comments received during preparation of the Supplemental EIS, monitoring reports will be posted as they become available.
Frequently Asked Questions: Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Post-Restoration Monitoring Annual Report
Year One Monitoring (2012)- Some files are very large and may take time to download
- Post-Restoration Monitoring Annual Report (2,457 KB)
- Appendix A: Restoration and Revegetation Plans (3,489 KB)
- Appendix B: Long Term Monitoring Plan (905 KB)
- Appendix C: Noxious and Invasive Weed Lists for Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Oregon (275 KB)
- Appendix D: Seed Mixes Used for Revegetation (374 KB)
- Appendix E: Complete List of Year One Monitoring Sites (102 KB)
- Appendix F: Noxious and Invasive Weed Monitoring Results, Year One (315 KB)
- Appendix G: Nevada Seed Mix Monitoring Control Plot (124 KB)
- Appendix H: Soil Stabilty Test Results (54,971 KB)
- Appendix I: Aerial Photography Mapbook of Year One Spring and Fall Monitoring Sites (52,094 KB)
- Appendix J1: Photographic Documentation-Spring and Fall (18,328 KB)
- Appendix J2: Photographic Documentation of Year One Fall Monitoring Sites (42,515 KB)
- 2012 Final Wetland Monitoring Report (10,415 KB)
- Final Waterbody Monitoring Report (82,136 KB)
Federal Register Notices
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and Record of Decision for the Ruby Pipeline Project Signed November 13, 2013
DECISION TO AMEND THE RIGHT-OF-WAY (ROW) GRANT:
LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS AND FINAL PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT (POD)
Signed July 27, 2012
DECISION TO AMEND RIGHT-OF-WAY: CATHODES AND ROADS VARIANCE
Signed Dec. 7, 2011
RECORD OF DECISION (ROD) TO AMEND THE RIGHT-OF-WAY (ROW) GRANT
AND TEMPORARY USE PERMIT (TUP)
Signed Feb. 24, 2011
RECORD OF DECISION (ROD) TO AMEND THE RIGHT-OF-WAY (ROW) GRANT
AND PLAN OF DEVELOPMENT (POD)
Signed Dec. 10, 2010
After consideration of agency and tribal comments the BLM has decided to make changes to the ROW Grant and the Plan of Development for the project. This Decision includes incorporation of a route variation, developed to avoid sensitive resources. The BLM has also decided to accept an amendment to the Plan of Development to include a Winter Construction Plan, developed to reduce construction impacts to resources during winter weather conditions.
RECORD OF DECISION (ROD) AND ASSOCIATED ATTACHMENTS
The ROD is for the selected alternative for the Ruby Pipeline Project, and the ROW is for the route certificated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with the inclusion of the Newmont and Southern Langell Valley reroutes.
The referenced attachments are available on CD by request via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Mark Mackiewicz, BLM National Project Manager, c/o125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501. Questions concerning the ROD may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at the above address or by phone: 435-636-3616.
Interested parties may also view the documents at the following Federal agency offices:
- BLM, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY
- BLM, Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT
- BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV
- BLM, Winnemucca Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV
- BLM, Lakeview Resource Area, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
- BLM, Klamath Falls Field Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR
- BLM, Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA
- Fremont-Winema National Forests, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
- Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT
- Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR
FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON RUBY PIPELINE PROJECT
Issued January 8, 2010
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Notice to Proceed (NTP) documents