CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governorn Mark Gordon said on Wednesday that he is pleased with the Bureau of Land Management’s completion of an environmental review and signing of a “record of decision” for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative.
Gordon said in a release from his office that the pipeline corridor initiative would pave the way for carbon capture and utilization facilities to be constructed in Wyoming.
The governor’s office said the state has worked for nearly a decade on plans to dedicate a CO2 pipeline corridor system to serve most of Wyoming.
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“The signing of this Record of Decision is an important piece of the puzzle as Wyoming continues to be a trailblazer on the path to establish a carbon capture facility,” Gordon said. “The corridor initiative will greatly speed up the permitting process and further the business case to construct commercial carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects in Wyoming.”
While the governor supports the pipeline corridor initiative, at least five conservation groups have raised objections to the proposal, including:
- Western Watersheds Project
- Defenders of Wildlife
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Sierra Club, Wyoming Chapter
- Center for Biological Diversity
These groups filed a formal protest against the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative plans in fall 2020.
“This proposal proves that BLM has as little regard for sage-grouse as the oil and gas industry does,” Western Watersheds Project Energy and Mining Campaign Director Kelly Fuller said in a press release from the conservation groups in November. “To approve this massive new network of pipeline corridors, BLM will strip protection from tens of thousands of acres that BLM’s own sage-grouse plans say pipelines are supposed to avoid. This is how you drive wildlife extinct.”
Gordon’s office said that the pipeline system would enable CO2 to be transported to places where it could be “sold, sequestered, or used in enhanced oil recovery.”
“Pipeline development is focused in existing federal energy corridors or adjacent to existing pipeline infrastructure for approximately 95 percent of the corridor network,” the release adds.
The initiative would designate about 2,000 miles of pipeline corridor across private, state and BLM-managed lands in Wyoming.
“Information on the project and links to all the project documents can be found on the project’s ePlanning site at https://go.usa.gov/xpCMr,” the release adds.