Pipeline review will take at least 4 more years

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — The Army Corps of Engineers has extended by about four years the time it will take to study a $3 billion plan to pipe water from southwest Wyoming to Colorado.

Project manager Rena Brand says the proposal requires more time because it is so complex.

Brand tells the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner that a draft environmental impact statement on the project will be released in 2016, rather than in 2012 as originally planned. A final decision by the corps will be released about 2018 instead of 2014.

The project is proposed by Aaron Million, a Fort Collins, Colo., businessman would tap water from the Green River and the Flaming Gorge Reservoir to help supply Colorado’s populous Front Range.

Local governments in southwestern Wyoming have mobilized to fight the project.



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