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April 4, 2008

Contact: 
   Mark A. Mackiewicz
   435-636-3616

Ruby Pipeline Project

Public Scoping

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Ruby Pipeline Project, planned by Ruby Pipeline, L.L.C. (Ruby). Ruby proposes to construct and operate about 680 miles of 42-inch diameter natural gas pipeline, as well as two new compressor stations and related facilities in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is participating as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS because the project would cross federally administered lands in all four states. The Forest Service is also participating as a cooperating agency because the project would cross the Wasatch-Cache and Fremont-Winema National Forests in Utah and Oregon, respectively.

The BLM and Forest Service are seeking public comments as part of the scoping period for this project. Six public meetings designed to provide agencies and the public with an opportunity to offer comments on the project will be held:

  • April 15, 2008 Elko, Nevada: Hilton Garden Inn, 3650 East Idaho Street

  • April 16, 2008 Kemmerer, Wyoming: Kemmerer Senior Center, 105 JC Penney Drive

  • April 17, 2008 Brigham City, Utah: Box Elder High School Auditorium, 380 South 600 West

  • April 22, 2008 Malin, Oregon: Malin Community Hall, 2307 Front Street

  • April 23, 2008 Lakeview, Oregon: Elks Lodge, 323 N. F Street

  • April 24, 2008 Winnemucca, Nevada: Winnemucca Convention Center, 50 W. Winnemucca Blvd.

All meetings are scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm in each respective time zone.

Those who cannot attend a public meeting but still want to comment may do so by mail or e-mail. To mail comments, please carefully follow these instructions:

  • Send an original and two copies of your letter to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426;

  • Label one copy of your comments for the attention of Gas 1, DG2E; and

  • Write Reference Docket No. PF08-9-000 on the original and both copies.

  • Mail your comments so that they will be received in Washington, DC on or before April 30, 2008.

Electronic filing of comments is encouraged. Visit "www.ferc.gov" under the link to "Documents and Filings" and "eFiling" for instructions on how to comment online. Comments submitted electronically must be submitted by April 30, 2008.

Information concerning the involvement of the BLM in the EIS process may be obtained from Mark Mackiewicz, PMP, National Project Manager at (435) 636-3616. Information concerning the involvement of the Forest Service may be obtained from Catherine Callaghan at the Fremont-Winema National Forest at (541) 947-2151 and from David Ream at the Wasatch-Cache National Forest at (801) 236-3400.

Additional information about the Project is available from the FERC’s Office of External Affairs at 1-866-208-FERC or on the FERC Internet website (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Select the eLibrary link, then select "General Search," and enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (PF08-9).

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