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Release Date: 04/05/12
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008    

BLM seeks public comment on revised natural gas pipeline proposal south of Rifle (04-05-12)

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

In December, 2011, BLM released a proposal for public review for a 22.3-mile natural gas pipeline called the Kokopelli Phase II, and two water lines that would share the pipeline trench for 4.1 miles. Construction on the pipeline and water lines was proposed to begin in 2012.

Due to current natural gas market conditions, Bargath LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williams Midstream, has since indicated that construction of the natural gas pipeline would not begin until at least 2013. Construction on the water lines, which are proposed by WPX Energy, is still proposed for 2012, meaning they would no longer share the same trench as the natural gas pipeline and would necessitate separate construction at separate times.

As BLM begins the environmental assessment of this revised proposal, it wants to hear any concerns or issues from the public. Because the pipelines would share a corridor for 4.1 miles, BLM is continuing to analyze the natural gas pipelines and the water lines under the same assessment to better evaluate cumulative impacts.

The natural gas pipeline would be 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. Approximately 7.6 miles would be installed on BLM-managed lands, 0.9 miles on US Forest Service-managed lands, and 13.8 miles on private property.

The two 6-inch water lines include the 4.1 mile section that would parallel the proposed Kokopelli trench, plus an additional 0.6 miles of private land. The water lines would provide water delivery and collection capabilities to gas fields in this area and would reduce water truck traffic.

Comments will be most helpful if received by May 2, 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

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: 04-05-2012