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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
October 12, 2005
Contact: Steve Jose, 303 236-4414
Service Adopts Final
Environmental Impact Statement for proposed Wyoming Interstate Company Gas
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Division of Federal Assistance has adopted a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the proposed Wyoming Interstate Company Gas Pipeline Project. The Wyoming Interstate Company Gas Pipeline Project consists of constructing and operating a natural gas pipeline that will extend 141.8 miles from Rio Blanco County, Colorado to Wamsutter, Wyoming. A 3.4-mile segment of the pipeline will be constructed on the Piceance State Wildlife Area which is owned and managed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW). The CDOW acquired the Piceance State Wildlife Area with funds from a Federal Assistance in Wildlife Restoration grant administered by the Service. Federal Assistance regulations require that any sale of property rights acquired with Federal Assistance funds, including granting temporary or permanent easements, must be reviewed and approved by the Service.
Two right-of-way easements would be granted by the CDOW to the Wyoming Interstate Company (WIC) over approximately 3.4 miles of the Piceance State Wildlife Area. The short term easement will allow for the construction of the pipeline; the long-term easement will allow WIC to operate and maintain the pipeline for a maximum of 50 years.
The EIS is available for review at the FWS Regional Office, 134 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, Colorado 80225. Copies of the EIS may be obtained from the FWS upon payment of reproduction costs pursuant to 43 CFR, Part 2, Appendix A. The EIS may also be reviewed at the following web address: http://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/08‑12‑05.asp#skipnavsub.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses nearly 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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