BLM issues final EIS for proposed Utah-Nevada products line

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr. 27 -- The US Bureau of Land Management’s Utah state office issued a final environmental impact statement for a proposed 400-mile products pipeline from Salt Lake area refineries to terminals near Cedar City and Las Vegas. The EIS also examines proposed amendments to an electric utility right-of-way to accommodate the pipeline.

UNEV Pipeline LLC—which is 75% owned by Dallas-based refiner Holly Corp. and 25% owned by Sinclair Oil Corp., Salt Lake City—is sponsoring the project, which will be a 12-in., 118,000-b/d capacity pipeline. The system will initially carry 30,000 b/d, the sponsors said.

BLM said its offices in Utah and Nevada prepared the final EIS after obtaining public input and in consultation with cooperating agencies including the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Paiute Indian tribe’s Moapa Band, the US Air Force, Nellis Air Force Base, the US Army, Tooele Army Depot, and the US Forest Service.

The proposed project crosses lands which BLM’s Salt Lake field office administers, BLM said. It said granting a new, major right-of-way for a pipeline required a land use amendment of the Pony Express Resource Management Plan, which was developed for a proposed 140-mile electric power line from Mona in Utah’s Juab County north to the Oquirrh terminal station and substation in Salt Lake County.

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