High Desert District okays Denbury proposals

Preferred proposed route.

On March 4,

the Bureau of Land Management High Desert

District Office paved the way for Denbury Resources’

Riley Ridge pipeline project, sweetening

plant and injection wells.

The High Desert District’s record of decision

approves three rights-of-way applications submitted

by Denbury Resources. After releasing

the final environmental impact statement and the

following 30-day “availability period,” the BLM

assessed feedback and then released the ROD.

Denbury Resources has found helium in its

project area and plans to pipe carbon dioxide

from its forthcoming sweetening plant in Sublette

County to a hub near Casper. Two injection

wells were proposed and now approved by the

BLM

The proposed pipeline system is approved

to run within two 243-mile-long rights-of-way

through Fremont, Sublette, Sweetwater and

Natrona counties. Rights-of-way of varying

width will be granted for both construction and

operation of the pipelines. These rights-of-way

typically will be larger during the construction

phase and shrink down for the permanent operation

phase.

The project also will include construction and

operation of the Riley Ridge Sweetening Plant,

access roads, power lines, injection wells, and

other small facilities associated with the project,

according to the High Desert District office in

Rock Springs.

Denbury officials have said that as many as

490 jobs could be created during the two-year

construction period and generate as much as $2.5

million in state and local taxes during the project’s

construction and operation.

BLM and Denbury proposals, maps and environmental

analyses are at https://go.usa.gov/

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