Pipeline plan flaming out?

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last summer rejected a permit for a proposed pipeline to take water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming, pipe it across southern Wyoming and deliver it to Colorado’s Front Range, developer Aaron Million came up with a new plan.

He asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a preliminary permit for the project. On Wednesday, that application was rejected, as well. 

The agency said the lack of certainty about any part of the project being authorized made it impossible to issue a permit.

Good for FERC. The Flaming Gorge Pipeline Project is all speculation, little grounded in reality. Its estimated cost keeps rising, while the customers for the water are uncertain. The exact route of the pipeline is uncertain, as are its impacts on the environment, particularly endangered fish. And the availability of the water being sought remains in question.

It’s time for all the agencies examining this project, including the Colorado Water Conservation Board, to pull the plug.


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