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Final EIS recommends approval of proposed Entrega Pipeline Project in Wyoming and Colorado
Issued: July 1, 2005

Entrega Gas Pipeline

Staff's final environmental impact statement recommended approval of the proposed 328 mile Entrega Pipeline. The project would transport 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from supply basins in the central Rocky Mountains to the Cheyenne Hub (Weld County, Colorado). From these points, other interstate transporters would be able to ship the gas to markets in the West, the Midwest, and Central United States.

Staff believes that the proposed project with additional mitigation would have limited adverse environmental impacts because:

    • 94 percent of the proposed pipeline would be located within 300 feet of existing pipeline, utility, and road right of ways;

    • The project would be consistent with or in conformance with the Bureau of Land Managements resource management plans;

    • Entrega would implement a number of resource- or activity-specific plans, procedures, and agreements to protect natural resources, avoid or limit environmental impact, and promote restoration of all disturbed areas during construction and operation of the project;

    • The use of the Horizontal Drilling method would avoid disturbances to the beds and banks of the White and Yampa Rivers;

    • An environmental inspection program would be implemented to ensure compliance with all mitigation measures and certificate conditions.

    FERC Commissioners will take into consideration staff's recommendations and the FEIS when they make a decision on the project.