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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Vernal Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/01/13
Contacts: Stephanie Howard , (435) 781-4469  

BLM Seeks Public Input on Planned Analysis for Utility Corridor Project


Vernal, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office today announced that it will begin an environmental impact statement (EIS) for right-of-way applications to construct and operate natural gas, electricity, and water utilities on federal lands southeast of Vernal. Today’s announcement initiates a public scoping period in which members of the public have an opportunity to identify issues and provide input on potential alternatives. 
 
Enefit American Oil has applied for five rights-of-way crossing BLM-administered lands in the Vernal Field Office. If approved, Enefit would use these rights-of-way to construct 19 miles of water supply pipeline, eight miles of natural gas supply pipeline, 10 miles of oil product line, and 29 miles of overhead power lines, and to upgrade approximately five miles of Dragon Road.  
 
The proposed utility corridor project would provide access, natural gas, electricity, and the water required to process and move oil from Enefit’s South Project, which is planned for privately owned lands and minerals. The South Project is a non-federal, connected action that is outside of the BLM’s authority for approval but will include development of a commercial oil shale mining, retorting, and upgrading operation. Additional information about the Enefit Utility Corridor Project is available in the project newsletter, which can be found on the Vernal Field Office website:
 
http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html.
 
Publication of the announcement in the Federal Register on July 1, 2013, initiates a 30-day public scoping period. During this scoping period, interested members of the public can provide comments that the BLM will use to determine the range of issues and alternatives analyzed in the EIS. Substantive public input helps the BLM identify relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis.
 
To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposed project and submit comments, the BLM will host open-house meetings in Vernal and Salt Lake City, Utah. People attending the meetings will be able to ask questions and speak with BLM staff and representatives of Enefit American Oil. The public meetings are scheduled as follows: 
 
July 16, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Vernal City Hall, Community Room
374 East Main
Vernal, UT 84078
 
July 17, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Public Library, Level 4 Conference Room
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
 
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email through Aug. 1, 2013. Please reference “Enefit Utility Corridor EIS” when submitting comments.  Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
 
Mailing Address
Bureau of Land Management
Vernal Field Office
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
 
Email Address
BLM_UT_Vernal_Comments@blm.gov
 
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.
 
For further information, please contact Stephanie Howard at (435)781-4469. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.


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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Vernal Field Office   170 South 500 East      Vernal, UT 84078  

Last updated: 07-02-2013