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87043
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Placitas photo by Julie Denison

 

Western Expansion Pipeline III (WEPIII)

UPDATE MARCH 28, 2013 - The BLM is accepting public comments on the draft project Environmental Assessment (EA) until April 26, 2013. Read the EA here (155 pages). For more details, visit the BLM's WEPIII page here.

A natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline upgrade has been proposed to run through the Placitas area. There will also be new construction east of Diamond Tail.  The $320 million pipeline will connect gas fields in Colorado and New Mexico to refineries in Texas.  Construction is scheduled for 2013-2014. 

Read the BLM fact sheet here.  The "Plan of Development" link below provides a detailed (485 pages!) description of the project.

LPA will engage with BLM and the Federal Pipeline Safety agency (PHMSA) as this project progresses, and keep you "in the loop".  LPA will lead the joint LPA/ESCA issue of pipeline safety.  Here is the communication history:

11/2012: LPA-ESCA joint comments letter

12/2012: LPA-ESCA joint letter requesting safety information

2/2013: Freedom of Information Act request letter

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Links:

BLM project page

Detailed Project "Plan of Development" Jan 2013, 485 pages

U.S. Government Transparency project page

Federal Pipeline Safety page (WEPIII is an "interstate" pipeline)

NM State Pipeline Safety Bureau page

San Juan Citizens Alliance scoping comments