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North Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 12/17/13

BLM seeks public comment on Right-of-Way Application

DICKINSON, N.D. ---- The Bureau of Land Management North Dakota Field Office has received a right-of-way application from Enable Bakken Crude Services, LLC (EBCS) for a proposed Bear Den Phase 2 pipeline project in McKenzie County and is seeking public comments throughout a 30-day public scoping period. 

The comment period will end on Jan.17, 2014.

The purpose of this public scoping period is to obtain feedback on relevant issues that may influence the scope of the environmental analysis associated with the project application, including alternatives; and guide the process for developing the Environmental Assessment.

EBCS filed a right-of-way application proposing to construct, operate, maintain and decommission the proposed Bear Den Phase 2 Project which would include the construction of an approximately 14 mile-long welded steel crude oil pipeline and an approximately 14 mile-long composite produced water pipeline.

The proposed pipelines would transport oil from existing producing oil wells in McKenzie County to an existing outlet pipeline and transport produced water from the same wells to an existing, approved disposal well. The proposed pipelines would be buried and follow existing pipeline and utility easements to the extent practicable.

The BLM is the designated lead Federal agency for preparation of the EA. The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are cooperating agencies. The BLM intends to prepare the EA to analyze potential socioeconomic and environmental resource impacts by the proposed project Under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, as amended.

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so. 

Written comments and/or resource information can be mailed to:

BLM North Dakota Field Office

Attention: Lowell Hassler, Project Manager

Hawkeye Pipeline Project

99 23rd Avenue West, Suite A

Dickinson, North Dakota 58601

Comments also can be submitted electronically at

Interested parties can contact the North Dakota Field Office at 701.227.7700 for more information.

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.

North Dakota Field Office   99 23rd Avenue West, Suite A      Dickinson, North Dakota 58601   

Last updated: 12-18-2013