U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Canyon Country District Office
|Release Date: 01/17/13|
BLM Announces Public Scoping Period for Proposed Gas Pipeline
Moab, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office today announced opportunities for the public to share comments and ideas relating to a proposed 24-mile natural gas pipeline in eastern Utah.
The BLM is considering a proposal for a pipeline that would capture gas currently being flared in the Big Flat area and would connect gas wells north of Dead Horse Point State Park with an existing pipeline near Blue Hills Road. A full description of the proposed project can be found on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board at: https://www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/index.php.
The BLM will be preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) on the proposed pipeline and invites the public to provide input on preliminary issues and planning criteria for the project EA. A reasonable range of alternatives will be developed to respond to the issues identified at the outset of the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process. Each alternative will outline solutions to the issues and concerns brought out through public scoping to develop reasonable approaches for using these new treatment options.
The purpose of the public scoping process is to determine relevant issues that will influence the environmental analysis, including alternatives, and guide the planning process. The public scoping period is open until Feb. 12, 2013. Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.
Please reference “Pipeline” or include the word “Pipeline” in the subject line when submitting comments. Written comments should be mailed to:
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
Attn: Jan Denney
82 E. Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532
Written comments may also be submitted via email to:
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
For further information concerning the proposed project or the public scoping period, contact the BLM-Utah Moab Field Office at (435)259-2100. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.
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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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Canyon Country District Office 82 East Dogwood Moab, UT 84532
|Last updated: 01-17-2013|
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