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Release Date: 06/13/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2012-047

BLM releases Preliminary Environmental Assessment on proposed North Elko Pipeline Project

ELKO, Nev.— The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District Office, Tuscarora Field Office released a preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) on a proposed pipeline in North Elko County for public review until July 13, 2012.

Prospector Pipeline Company has proposed constructing an approximate 24-mile, 8-12 inch natural gas pipeline from the Ruby Valley Pipeline at a main line valve near Willow Creek Reservoir to the mill at Barrick Goldstrike. The proposed pipeline does not traverse any wild horse herd management areas.

The EA analyzes the impacts of constructing and operating an underground natural gas pipeline on public and private lands located in Elko and Eureka Counties. The proposed pipeline right-of-way would be 80-feet wide on public lands and 75-feet wide on private lands during construction, and 30-feet wide and 15-feet wide, respectively, after construction is complete.

The preliminary EA is available for viewing online on the District’s website: under NEPA, Projects under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Review. The preliminary EA will be posted for a 30-day public review period. BLM will select the action(s) to be implemented and issue a decision after the comment period ends on July 13, 2012.

If you have a comment on the preliminary EA, please mail it BLM, Elko District Office Attn: North Elko Pipeline Project at 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801, or send it via e-mail 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.

If you have questions concerning the information presented in the preliminary EA, or if you would like to request a printed copy or CD of the document, please contact Steve Craddock, Realty Specialist, via email at or by phone at (775) 753-0273.

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.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-14-2015