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Sublette Examiner
Volume 2, Number 6 - May 9, 2002
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Pipeline proposed

Pipeline proposed

The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office is asking the public to participate in the scoping process for a proposed pipeline right-of-way project. Williams Gas Processing is proposing to construct a combination eight and ten-inch buried natural gas pipeline on public, private, and state lands in Sublette County. The Pinedale Field Office will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) on the project.

The project would consist of 50-foot wide by 168,600-foot long (approximately 32 miles) right-of-way, of which 123,590 feet (app. 23 miles) would be located on public lands. The southern end of the proposed pipeline would tie into the existing Billy Canyon pipeline along Highway 189 approximately seven miles north of Big Piney. The pipeline route would parallel Highway 189 north for approximately nine miles and then proceed northwest along two- track roads to the Ryegrass Road. From this point the project would parallel the North Ryegrass Road for approximately four miles and then proceed north, crossing Highway 354, 6.5 miles east of Merna, Wyoming, and then proceed north for another seven miles into the Cow Gulch area. Those portions of the project occurring on private and state lands are not subject to BLM authorization. Williams Gas Processing will contact individual landowners for access permission.

The public is asked to identify issues which should be analyzed in the EA. Known resource values in the project area include: rural subdivisions, visual resources, crucial big game winter range, raptor nesting habitat, greater sage-grouse nesting habitat and leks, cultural resources, wetland/riparian habitat, and recreational uses. The proposed project would cross Cottonwood, Horse, and South Beaver Creeks.

Comments about the proposed project should be sent to the Pinedale Field Office, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941. Comments are due by close of business June 10, 2002. Comments, including the name and address of the commenter, will be available for public review. Those wishing to withhold their name and/or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, must state this prominently at the beginning of their written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. For more information about the proposed project, contact Bill Wadsworth at (307) 367-5341.

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