BLM releases EA for Magnum gas storage project

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 24 -- The US Bureau of Land Management, as a cooperating agency with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, released the environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Magnum gas storage project and proposed Pony Express resource management plan amendment on Nov. 23.

The release of the two documents triggered a period during which protests of the proposed resource management plan amendment can be filed. It runs through Dec. 22, BLM’s Utah state office said.

Salt Lake City-based Magnum Gas Storage LLC has proposed constructing a high-deliverability, multicycle salt cavern gas storage facility north of Delta, Utah. It plans to develop four high-deliverability salt caverns, each with 8 bcf of working capacity, at the 2,050-acre site, according to information at the project’s web site. It said that it expects to have the first cavern available for storage in early 2012.

The sponsor said the proposed facility will connect with multiple Rocky Mountain pipelines, including a direct connection by a new header pipeline to the Kern River and Questar pipelines at Goshen, Utah, and indirect service to the Opal, Wyo., area market hub interconnections through backhaul and displacement.

BLM noted that after the protest period, it will issue a decision record addressing the amendment and whether to amend the plan and issue a right-of-way grant.

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