Kern River Pipeline Right-of-Way
On September 30, 2010, BLM Utah approved a right-of-way amendment to the Kern River Gas Transmission Company’s existing pipeline right-of-way. The approved amendment authorizes the Wasatch Loop pipeline and segments of existing access roads in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Davis and Morgan Counties, a new Milford Compressor Site adjacent to the existing main pipelines on BLM-administered lands in Beaver County, and upgrades to the existing Dry Lake Compressor Site on BLM-administered lands in Clark County, Nevada. The notice to proceed with actual construction activities was issued today.
Kern River operates an interstate natural gas pipeline system comprised of approximately 1,680 miles of 36- and 42-inch diameter steel pipe extending from southwestern Wyoming, across Utah and southern Nevada, to southern California. The main pipeline system across Federal lands was authorized by the BLM in December 1990, pursuant to Section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act. Where two or more federal land managing agencies are involved, the Mineral Leasing Act provides the Secretary of the Interior the authority to issue rights-of-way across all federal lands with the consent of the agencies. In July 2002, the right-of-way was amended for the “2003 Expansion” to accomplish a major looping (additional parallel pipeline) over most of the system.
The Apex Expansion involves the Wasatch Loop pipeline segment of approximately 28 miles in northern Utah, a new compressor on Federal lands in Utah, and upgrades to three existing compressor sites on private lands in Wyoming and Utah. The Wasatch Loop pipeline will cross approximately six miles of federal lands. The components of the project on federal lands are:
1) A 50-foot wide permanent right-of-way for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Wasatch Loop 36-inch diameter buried steel pipeline across federal lands within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah. The permanent Wasatch Loop right-of-way length across federal lands is 6.44 miles and involves 39.03 acres.
2) Permanent access road rights-of-way on three existing roads across federal lands:
Hardscrabble Road (BLM, Morgan County, Utah) - 0.20 mile long by 14 feet wide
Mueller Park Road (FS, Davis County, Utah) - 0.82 mile long by 12 feet wide
Hidden Lake Circle Road (FS, Davis County, Utah) - 0.27 mile long by 14 feet wide
3) Permanent right-of-way for construction, operation, and maintenance of the Milford compressor station site on federal lands administered by the BLM in Beaver County, Utah. The permanent right-of-way area of the Milford compressor station site is 33.16 acres.
4) Additional compression facilities within the existing permanent right-of-way for the Dry Lake compressor station site on federal lands administered by the BLM in Clark County, Nevada. The approved facility upgrades do not require an additional right-of-way.
5) Construction of ancillary facilities (main line valves, pig launchers, markers, test stations).
6) Temporary use areas for construction of the Wasatch Loop pipeline. The temporary use areas on federal lands involve 48.42 acres.
On August 20, 2010, the U.S. Forest Service provided a letter of consent for the Wasatch Loop pipeline across the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. On September 16, 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Apex Expansion Project after issuance of a Final Environmental Impact Statement. The EIS analyzed the entire project, including all components affecting federal lands.
Additional information is available at the BLM Utah State Office by contacting Mike DeKeyrel, Realty Specialist at 801-539-4105.