BLM approves ROW for Elko gas pipeline expansion project

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Tuscarora, Nev., field office signed a decision record approving a right-of-way for Paiute Pipeline Co.’s (PPC) 2015 Elko Area Expansion Project.

The project would consist of 35.2 miles of 8-in. natural gas pipeline, an aboveground interconnection at Ruby Pipeline LLC’s Wieland Flat compressor station, two isolation valves, and modifications to PPC’s existing Elko City Gate, it said.

The project is designed to address growing residential and business gas demand in the Elko area as well as greater energy needs for mining nearby, the July 6 notice said. The pipeline will require a 75-ft wide temporary ROW during construction, and a 50-ft wide permanent ROW after construction is complete, it noted.

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was lead agency for PPC’s project application. It received a certificate on May 14 based on FERC’s environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act. BLM said it participated as a cooperating agency in the EA’s preparation because the pipeline would cross federal land in Nevada.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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