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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Release Date: 08/03/12
Contacts: Zane Fulbright (406) 538-1900    

BLM Authorizes Pipeline in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

Lewistown, Mont. – The Bureau of Land Management has released the final environmental assessment (EA)  and Finding of No Significant Impact/Decision Record (FONSI/DR) analyzing a proposed natural gas pipeline within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

The 5.4 mile natural gas pipeline is within the road prism of the Ervin Ridge Road on the north side of the Missouri River in Blaine County.

Our decision to authorize the pipeline installation on right-of-way grant MTM-99446 and Lease MTM 13821A will allow for natural gas production and development of a federal lease in compliance with federal law and BLM regulations.  The terms and conditions applied to this authorization and approval will ensure that surface resources are protected.  Our decision is consistent with BLM policy to direct and control the use of rights-of-way on public lands in a manner that protects human safety and the natural resources on both public and adjacent lands.
Copies of the EA are available at the BLM offices in Great Falls and Lewistown and can also be found online at:

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.

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Last updated: 08-03-2012