Oil and Gas Pipelines
The Nebraska Ecological Services Field Office has the lead for reviewing and coordinating three Interstate/International Pipeline Projects. These Projects involve:
- Coordination with 3 USFWS Regions;
- Coordination with USFWS Field Offices in 10 states;
- Project impacts to hundreds of acres of grasslands, forestlands, wetlands, croplands, and streams and rivers;
- 21 listed species (13 Endangered and 8 Threatened)
- ESA Section 7 consultation completed on 2 of the 3 projects through informal consultation. The third project is currently under review;
- MOA developed to benefit migratory birds and their habitats;
- Negotiations resulted in the avoidance, minimization, restoration measures, conservation easements, land acquisitions, and in-lieu donations for habitats.
ROCKIES EXPRESS- West
The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) is a
42-inch, 1,679-mile natural gas pipeline from Colorado to Ohio. The REX West portion of the REX System is 713 miles long from Colorado to Missouri. REX is the largest natural gas pipeline constructed in the U.S. in 20 years.
The 30-inch, 2,148-mile Keystone/Cushing Pipeline will transport crude oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada to markets in Illinois and Oklahoma. Construction of 1,379 miles of pipeline and pump stations with a capacity of 590,000 barrels per day will occur in the U.S.
Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL Pipeline project is a 1,980-mile, 36-inch crude oil pipeline from the Tar Sands area of Alberta, Canada and will be routed through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It will connect to the Cushing Pipeline in southern Nebraska, before continuing on to Oklahoma and a delivery point to the refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Migratory Bird Conservation Plan
A Migratory Bird Conservation Plan (Plan) is being developed by TransCanada for the Keystone Pipeline XL project for the conservation of migratory birds. This Plan is being developed in coordination with USFWS and will be approved by USFWS before it's implementation. The measures in the Plan will benefit migratory birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Executive Order 13186 that are at risk and/or will lose habitat during project construction.