tBLMLOGOThe Bureau of Land Management has announced public input opportunities for six regional reviews that will analyze the existing energy corridors designated for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities on Western Federal lands under BLM or U.S. Forest Service management.

The BLM, Forest Service, and Department of Energy recently released a study of the effectiveness of these corridors (accessible at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/) that identified questions to be considered during subsequent regional reviews.

These reviews will analyze whether any additions, deletions, or changes are needed to the 6,000 miles of corridor that were designated by the BLM and Forest Service under Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  The corridors were designated after the agencies completed a broad-scale Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in 2008 (accessible at the Website listed above), titled “Designation of Energy Corridors on Federal land in the 11 contiguous Western states” (see Website above).

The first of the regional reviews contemplated by the corridor study start this September.  It will focus on corridors in southern California, southern Nevada, and western Arizona.

To facilitate participation, the three agencies have jointly developed abstracts for each energy corridor and will be seeking input from the public and stakeholders – including Federal, Tribal, state, and local governments – to ensure as complete and current a record of facts related to the corridors as possible, before the development of recommendations.

Webinar-based orientations to the Region 1 corridor abstracts will be offered on Sept. 7 and Sept. 29, 2016, at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/.  Completion of the last review for the corridors is set for late 2019, depending on available funding.

Public meetings for Region 1 abstracts will be held on the following dates at the following sites:

September 20, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the BLM National Training Center (9828 N 31st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arizona local time.

September 22, 2016, in Palm Springs, California, at the University of California Riverside – Palm Desert Center, Room B200 (75080 Frank Sinatra Drive,  Palm Desert, CA 92211) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT

   September 27, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Hampton Inn Tropicana (4975 S. Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT.

The public and stakeholders will also have the opportunity to review and comment on the Region 1 corridor recommendations before they are finalized and those Webinar and meeting dates will be publicized at least two weeks prior to the meetings.

The table below shows the full regional review sequence. Information on opportunities for engagement in Regions 2 through 6 will be provided as those reviews are initiated:

Regional Review Sequence

Energy Corridor Region

Start Public Input

Issue the Recommendations

Region 1

(CA, NV, AZ)

September 2016

February 2017

Region 2

(AZ, NM, CO)

March 2017

September 2017

Region 3

(CO, UT, NV)

October 2017

March 2018

Region 4

(WY, MT)

April 2018

October 2018

Region 5

(CA, NV)

November 2018

April 2019

Region 6

(MT, ID, OR, WA)

May 2019

November 2019

 

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