U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Kemmerer Field Office
|Release Date: 07/07/09|
Ruby Pipeline Project Draft EIS Available for Public Review
Federal agencies are seeking public comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, a proposed natural gas pipeline that would stretch from Wyoming through Utah and Nevada to Oregon. A Notice of Availability of the draft document was published in the Federal Register on June 19. The comment period ends Aug. 10, 2009.
Public meetings will be held in each of the states during July. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to provide specific comments or concerns about the Ruby Pipeline Project. Comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. The more specific the comments, the more useful they will be. Comments on the draft EIS will be included in the final EIS.
The draft EIS was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The draft EIS evaluates, analyzes, and discloses to the public the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of Ruby’s proposed project.
Multiple Federal and state agencies are participating with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the preparation of the EIS, including the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation, and Fish and Wildlife Service; the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the State of Utah Public Lands Policy Coordination Office; and the Lincoln County, Wyoming Board of County Commissioners. Cooperating agencies have jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to resources potentially affected by the proposal, and participate in the NEPA analysis.
The BLM is responsible for issuance of right-of-way for federally managed lands under the authority of the Mineral Leasing Act. The BLM field offices involved in the proposal are: Kemmerer Field Office, Wyoming; Salt Lake Field Office, Utah; Elko and Winnemucca field offices, Nevada; Lakeview Resource Area and Klamath Falls Field Office, Oregon; and Surprise Field Office, California.
The public may submit comments electronically, by mail or in person at the public meetings. To submit comments electronically, go to the FERC website at http://www.ferc.gov, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit comments by mail to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE; Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Please include an original and two copies of comments sent by mail. Reference Docket No. CP09-54-000 and label one copy to the attention of the Gas Branch 1, PJ-11.1.
After the comments are reviewed, any significant new issues are investigated, and modifications are made to the draft EIS, a final EIS will be published and distributed. The final EIS will contain responses to timely comments received on the draft EIS.
Copies of the draft EIS are available at BLM and Forest Service offices where the project is proposed to be located. The draft EIS is also available online at the FERC website: www.ferc.gov.
For further information, contact the National Project Manager Mark Mackiewicz at (435) 636-3616, or 125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501.
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.
Kemmerer Field Office 312 Highway 189 North Kemmerer, WY 83101
|Last updated: 07-07-2009|
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