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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Nevada State Office
 
Release Date: 07/05/13
Contacts: Mark Mackiewicz , 435-636-3616 , mmackiew@blm.gov

BLM Seeks Comments on Draft Supplemental EIS for the Ruby Pipeline Project


Reno, Nev.— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the Ruby Pipeline Project. The Draft SEIS has a limited scope that includes updated information on the historical extent of sagebrush steppe habitat, and present and reasonably foreseeable future actions that could impact sagebrush steppe habitat. The Draft SEIS also contains an updated cumulative effects analysis based on this information, including indirect impacts on sagebrush steppe obligate species. The BLM’s decision whether to reissue the ROW Grant and require additional mitigation will be based on this analysis.

The Draft SEIS is in response to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision that found the Ruby Pipeline Final Environmental Impact Statement did not provide sufficient quantified or detailed data about the cumulative loss of sagebrush steppe vegetation and habitat. The pipeline has been constructed and is currently operational. It includes an approximately 678-mile long, 42-inch diameter interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, extends through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminates near Malin, Oregon.

The comment period begins July 5 and ends August 19. Written comments received during this 45-day period will be considered during the development of a final SEIS. The Draft SEIS may be viewed at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html.

Copies of the Draft SEIS are also available for review at the following locations:

• BLM Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY, 83101;
• BLM Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT, 84119;
• BLM Elko District Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV, 89801;
• BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV, 89445;
• BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR, 97630;
• BLM Klamath Falls Resource Area Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR, 97603;
• BLM Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA, 96104
• Additional locations where hard copies of the Draft SEIS can be viewed can be found on the project website or by contacting the project manager.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised, that your entire comment-- including your personal information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Comments should be mailed to Ruby SEIS, c/o Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah 84501; emailed to blmruby@blm.gov, or through the BLM Ruby website: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html

For further information, contact Mark Mackiewicz, PMP, Project Manager at (435) 636-3616, Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah 84501; email mmackiew@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: 07-05-2013