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Release Date: 07/21/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

ROD Released for Bison Pipeline Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the record of decision (ROD) for the Bison Pipeline Project. Bison Pipeline, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) an indirect subsidiary of TransCanada Northern Border Incorporated, acting as agent for TransCanada Pipeline USA Ltd., has proposed to construct and operate approximately 302 miles of natural gas pipeline and ancillary facilities beginning near Dead Horse, Wyo. The pipeline will pass through southern Montana and North Dakota, and interconnect with TransCanada Northern Border’s existing pipeline in North Dakota.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the agency responsible for authorizing interstate natural gas transmission facilities under the Natural Gas Act, and is the lead agency for the preparation of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) in compliance with the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The BLM signed the pipeline Right of Way (ROW) on July 19. The right-of-way across an estimated 24.9 miles of BLM-administered lands including 3.04 miles of BLM-administered lands in Wyoming, 17.10 miles of BLM-administered lands in Montana, 4.71 miles of BLM-administered lands in North Dakota, and approximately 2.13 miles of pipeline collocated on BLM land.

The EIS analyzed and disclosed the direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts of Bison’s proposed pipeline route under the No Action and Proposed Action alternatives, along with five major route alternatives.

The ROD, issued on July 15, evaluated the potential environmental impacts of Bison’s proposed pipeline route along with a No Action and Postponed Action alternative, and 5 major route alternatives.

The ROD is available online at

The ROD is also available at the following offices:

  • BLM, Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo WY
  • BLM, Miles City Field Office, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT
  • BLM, North Dakota Field Office, 99 23rd Avenue West, Dickinson, ND.

Questions may be directed to Amber Haverlock, Project Manager, at the BLM’s Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834 or by calling her at (307) 684-1170.

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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