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NEPA Document Collection for: West-wide Energy Corridors
EIS

West-wide Energy Corridor Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

General NEPA Document Info
Energy Sector Transmission

Environmental
Analysis Type

EIS

Applicant

BLM, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy, Department of Defense
Consultant Argonne National Laboratory

Geothermal Area

Project Location

Project Phase

Techniques

Time Frame (days)
NEPA Process Time 1204
Participating Agencies

Lead Agency

BLM, Department of Energy

Funding Agency

none provided

Managing District Office

none provided

Managing Field Office

none provided

Funding Agencies

none provided

Surface Manager

none provided

Mineral Manager

none provided
Selected Dates
Application
Document Type
NOI
EID Federal Register Date 2005/09/28
Scoping Initiated Date 2005/09/28
Preliminary EA-EIS Date 2007/11/16
Final EA-EIS Date
/Public Comment Period
2008/11/20
Decision Document Date 2009/01/14
Relevant Numbers
Lead Agency
Doc Number
DOE/EIS-0386

Proposed Action

Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (the Act), Public Law 109-58 (H.R. 6), enacted August 8, 2005, directs the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, and the Interior (the Agencies) to designate under their respective authorities corridors on federal land in 11 Western States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities (energy corridors).

Section 368 requires the Agencies to conduct any "environmental reviews" necessary to complete the designation of Section 368 energy corridors. The proposed designation of Section 368 energy corridors would not result in any direct impacts on the ground that may significantly affect the quality of the human environment.

Nevertheless, the Agencies prepared a PEIS to conduct a detailed environmental analysis at the programmatic level and to integrate NEPA at the earliest possible time. The proposed designation of more than 6,000 miles of Section 368 energy corridors among the various Agency land use plans is a forward-looking response, mandated by statute, to address a national concern.

The evaluation of future project-related environmental impacts must await site-specific proposals and the required site-specific environmental review. A quantifiable and accurate evaluation of impacts at the local project level can be made only in response to an actual proposed energy project, when a proposal for an action with specific environmental consequences exists.

Conditions of Approval

Memorandum of Understanding: In fulfillment of the Settlement Agreement, BLM, USFS, and DOE executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 8, 2013. The MOU includes a Work Plan for the Regional Periodic Reviews as Attachment A. The Agencies also approved a Work Plan for the Corridor Study with the execution of the MOU.

The Memorandum of Understanding and Work Plan can be downloaded at: http://corridoreis.anl.gov/documents/docs/S368_Settlement_MOU_Signed_07-08-2013.pdf and http://corridoreis.anl.gov/documents/docs/S368_Settlement_Corridor_Study_Work_Plan_Approved_07-08-2013.pdf

West-wide Energy Corridor Litigation and Approved Settlement Agreement: The four principal components of the July 3, 2012 Settlement Agreement require the Agencies to: 1.Complete an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) addressing periodic corridor reviews; 2.Update agency guidance; 3.Update agency training; and 4.Complete a corridor study. The complete settlement agreement can be viewed at: http://corridoreis.anl.gov/documents/docs/Settlement_Agreement_Package.pdf

BLM Record of Decision: The PEIS includes a programmatic evaluation of the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects that could occur if development takes place in the future within the corridors. For each category of project construction and operation impacts, the PEIS lists the types of environmental impacts that are likely to occur during project development. This ROD identifies and adopts Interagency Operating Procedures (IOPs) to ensure that future effects from project development are appropriately addressed. The IOPs identify practicable means to avoid or minimize environmental harm and include provisions for monitoring during future development within the corridors.

In addition to these mandatory IOPs, the PEIS identifies specific mitigation measures that could be used to minimize, avoid, or compensate for the specific effects of a proposed project. Federal land managers may require use of these measures (as well as others not identified in the PEIS) as appropriate and applicable depending on project design and corridor conditions. Additional measures to mitigate environmental effects may also be developed during subsequent NEPA analyses at the planning and project development stages.

The complete BLM ROD can be viewed at: http://corridoreis.anl.gov/documents/docs/Energy_Corridors_final_signed_ROD_1_14_2009.pdf

USFS Record of Decision: The PEIS includes a programmatic evaluation of the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects that are expected to occur if development takes place within the corridors. For each category of project construction and operation impacts, the PEIS lists measures that could be used to minimize, avoid, or compensate for potential effects of a proposed project. Federal land managers may require use of these measures (as well as others not identified in the PEIS) as appropriate and applicable for specific project designs and corridor conditions. Avoidance of environmental impact is recommended wherever practicable, with an emphasis on designing and siting projects appropriately. These mitigation measures are available to FS managers to use when appropriate, based on project-specific evaluation of environmental effects. Additional measures to mitigate environmental effects may also be developed during subsequent NEPA analyses at the planning and project development stages.

The complete USFS ROD can be viewed at: http://corridoreis.anl.gov/documents/docs/WWEC_FS_ROD.pdf

Data Completion Notes

A complete record of project related files can be found on the Project website at: http://corridoreis.anl.gov/index.cfm

Documents

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
EA/EIS Report: 
 
 
 
 
 

Resource Analysis

Resource Not
Present
Present,
Not
Affected
Present,
Potentially
Affected
Not
Indicated
Comment Applicant
Proposed
Mitigation
Agency
Imposed
Mitigation
Access and Transportation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

  imposed
Water Quality
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Paleontological Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Wetlands and Riparian Zones
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

  imposed
Special Status Species
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

  imposed
Vegetation
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

  imposed
Cultural Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Native American Concerns
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Visual Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

  imposed
Public Health and Safety
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

  imposed
Soils
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Threatened and Endangered Species
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Air Quality
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Noise
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed imposed
Wildlife Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

 

  imposed
Lands and Realty
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed  
Fisheries Resources
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed  
Environmental Justice
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed  
Geology and Minerals
"NEPA_Resource_Analysis" is not in the list of possible values (Not Present, Present, Not Affected, Present, Potentially Affected, Not Indicated) for this property.

Applicant-proposed mitigation measures listed are identified in the PFEIS as potential mitigation measures that could be adopted by project developers should a project be proposed within the West-wide Energy Corridors.

proposed