The proposed project consists of a 95-mile 16-inch natural gas liquids pipeline proposed by Enterprise Mid-America Pipeline. The pipeline would follow an existing pipeline corridor across Rio Blanco, Garfield, and Mesa counties in Colorado, and Uintah and Grand counties in Utah, traversing approximately 70 miles of BLM-managed lands and 25 miles of private lands. The pipeline would increase the company's capacity for transporting natural gas liquids from Wyoming and Colorado to Hobbs, New Mexico. According to the Applicant, the proposed project would increase transport capacity of natural gas liquids from production in Utah and Wyoming, helping to meet foreseeable demand for natural gas in the region.
The purpose of the federal permitting process is to ensure that federal agencies take into account all legal and regulatory requirements, environmental and cultural considerations and weigh the sometimes competing interests of various stakeholders in reaching a decision about whether to approve the project, and if so, to do so in a way that provides the best outcome for the environment, stakeholders and the community.
Since this is a complex project requiring review and approval by multiple federal, state and local agencies and impacting the interests of a variety of stakeholders and local communities, there is an important opportunity for early collaboration, coordination and outreach.