BLM approves ROW for natural gas pipeline

MOAB, Utah – The Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office (BLM) approved issuing a right-of-way (ROW) to the city of Green River to construct and operate a pipeline for delivering natural gas from the existing Greentown Gas Processing Facility to Green River’s Gate Station.

 Green River is a rural community in southern Emery County priding itself as a gateway for exploring nearby public lands. For several years, the city has been analyzing ways to efficiently provide natural gas for its approximately 950 residents. Following completion of a feasibility study, Green River applied for a ROW to construct and operate a natural gas pipeline, which the BLM approved this week.

 “The BLM is pleased to help facilitate economic opportunites and future growth this gas line may bring to the city of Green River,” said Lance Porter, Canyon Country District Manager.

 The buried 6-inch pipeline will extend approximately 16 miles across BLM-administered lands and non-Federal lands in Grand and Emery Counties, Utah. Facilities at either end of the pipeline are located on lands administered by the Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA). The pipeline corridor mostly parallels existing roads, including Blue Hills Road (County Road 138), Ruby Ranch Road (County Road 147) and Historic US 6 (County Road 152). The project includes a number of resource protection measures, including avoiding construction during critical pronghorn fawning and raptor nesting seasons. Supporting documentation for the project can be found on the BLM’s ePlanning website: https://bit.ly/2YYct9P.

 Green River must obtain authorizations from other affected land owners and meet certain terms and conditions before the ROW is issued and construction begins. However, this milestone is an excellent example of the BLM working with local communities. This decision directly supports Green River’s plans to provide lower cost energy and improve the quality of life for its citizens.