Four Federal agencies have released a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement proposing to designate more than six-thousand miles of energy transport corridors on Federal lands in 11 Western States. The proposed energy corridors would facilitate future placement of oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines, as well as electricity transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands in the West.
The Federal lands are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture, and Defense prepared the statement as part of their work to implement Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
The statement identifies a number of requirements that will help ensure that energy transport projects within the energy corridors are planned, implemented, and operated in a manner that protects and enhances environmental resources. The corridors will be incorporated into the relevant agency land-use and resource management plans or equivalent plans.