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Release Date: 01/19/12
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008    

BLM seeks public comment on proposed Pumba natural gas pipeline south of Rifle (01-19-12)

SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a natural gas pipeline proposal south of Rifle, Colo.

EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc.,  is proposing to construct the Pumba Pipeline, a buried 24-inch pipeline that would transport natural gas from the East Mamm Creek Compressor Station southeast of Rifle, Colo., to the Rifle Compressor Station west of Rifle. The 11.2 mile pipeline would cross 7.2 miles of BLM land and 4.0 of private. 

In addition, EnCana proposes to construct a buried 16-inch steel water pipeline that would parallel the Pumba Pipeline. The 6.7-mile water pipeline would link the Lake Fox Tie-in (South Grass Mesa) with the Rifle Compressor Station, with 5.5 miles on BLM land and 1.2 on private.

Approximately 87 percent of the proposed natural gas pipeline and 78 percent of the proposed water pipeline would follow an existing pipeline right-of-way.

Both pipelines would be bored under the Colorado River from private property to avoid impacts to the riverbed, aquatic wildlife and the adjacent riparian ecosystem. Bore depth would be between 130 and 380 feet. The new bores would be near an existing pipeline bore beneath the river.

BLM only has jurisdiction on the sections of proposed pipeline that would cross BLM lands. Private lands, including the river bore, will be included in BLM’s environmental analysis.

As BLM begins the environmental assessment of this proposal, it wants to hear any concerns or issues from the public about the proposal. Comments will be most helpful if received by Feb. 15, 2012. The proposal and map are available on-line:  Written comments and questions should be directed to Colorado River Valley Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652.  Electronic comments may be submitted to

BLM is also taking public comments through a separate process on the proposed Kokopelli II pipeline, a buried 16-inch pipeline that would cross 22.3 miles from the Dry Hollow Compressor south of Silt to the Rulison Compressor near Anvil Points. That scoping period was announced last month and ends Jan. 20. 2012. Information on that pipeline is also available at the website above.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should 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 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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  2300 River Frontage Road      Silt, CO 81652  

Last updated: 01-19-2012