Energy Operations Management (EOM), based in Sacramento, Calif., has proposed constructing an approximately 24-mile, 8-1/2 inch natural gas pipeline from the Ruby Pipeline at a main line valve near Willow Creek Reservoir to the mill at Barrick Goldstrike.
Specialists within the BLM have coordinated with EOM representatives to generate a pipeline route that would minimize impacts to sage grouse leks, cultural resources along Boulder Creek and riparian values along China Creek. EOM is requesting a temporary right-of-way (ROW) for construction of an 80-foot width over public lands with a permanent ROW of 30 feet after construction. A map of the proposed route can be viewed online at on.doi.gov/elkoBLM under NEPA, Projects under National Environmental Policy Act review.
An environmental assessment is being developed for this project. Input on this project will be accepted until Feb. 29 by contacting Kirk Laird, special projects manager, at 753-0272 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.