Pipeline to carry gas-field byproduct
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a local pipeline proposal that would improve transportation of natural gas liquids from production sites in Utah and Wyoming.
The 95-mile, 16-inch-diameter Western Expansion Project II pipeline would follow an existing pipeline corridor in Colorado and Utah.
Enterprise Mid-America Pipeline wants to increase its ability to transport natural gas liquids to Hobbs, N.M. With natural gas prices being low, gas producers have been trying to sell more lucrative natural gas liquids that also are produced in drilling, including ethane and propane. The project would boost Enterprise’s current transportation capacity by 15,000 barrels, or 630,000 gallons, a day.
The pipeline would originate just over the state line in Dragon, Utah, and go through far-western Rio Blanco, Garfield and Mesa counties. It would head into Utah near Interstate 70 and terminate in Thompson, where it would connect with a line heading south along U.S. Highway 191.
The company hopes to build the pipeline later this year.
Copies of a preliminary environmental assessment are available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo/energy/western_expansion.html or at the BLM Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, in Grand Junction.