BLM Wyoming releases decision on corridor initiative
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management has completed its environmental review and released the Record of Decision for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative, a proposal from the State of Wyoming that designates pipeline corridors in Wyoming.
Today’s decision neither analyzes nor authorizes any pipeline development or construction, rather it amends several Resource Management Plans to identify a pipeline corridor network. If and when a proponent submits a proposal to actually construct a pipeline within the corridor, the BLM would then do site-specific environmental analysis with further opportunity for public involvement.
The initiative designates almost 2,000 miles of corridors across private, state, and BLM-managed lands in Wyoming for potential pipeline development associated with carbon capture, utilization and storage, as well as pipelines and facilities associated with enhanced oil recovery. The BLM’s decision only applies to 1,111 miles located on public lands managed by the agency.
Information on the project and links to all the project documents can be found on the project’s ePlanning site at https://go.usa.gov/xpCMr.
For more information on the project, contact Mike Valle, Branch Chief, Minerals and Lands at 307-775-6049.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.