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West-wide Energy Corridor Information Center

This website is the online center for public information for the designated Section 368 West-wide Energy Corridors.

Section 368 Energy Corridors – Regional Reviews: Region 1 Schedule Update

Thank you to everyone who provided input on the Region 1 corridor abstracts. In order to evaluate stakeholder input and carefully consider recommendations for possible corridor modifications, BLM, FS, and DOE are taking additional time to prepare the recommendations and abstract updates. The preliminary corridor recommendations including the revised abstracts, should be available for public review in May, followed by stakeholder outreach events in early June (see timeline). Please note preliminary corridor recommendations are undergoing substantial internal agency review before their release in May.

The agencies will be initiating work on the Region 2 (eastern Arizona, New Mexico and southern Colorado) Review in late spring, and we'll be looking to obtain stakeholder input on the Region 2 corridors in fall 2017.

We look forward to your continued participation and valued input. Additional opportunities for involvement as well as project updates will be posted on this page as they become available.

If you attended one of the Region 1 Public Meetings or Webinars – we want your feedback!

Thank you for attending! Please let us know your thoughts on the meeting/webinar you participated in and the tools that are available for stakeholder engagement (website, abstracts, mapping tool, web-based input form). We appreciate your participation in the process and want to continue to make improvements. Please select the meeting or webinar you attended and send your feedback to: Region1Corridors@anl.gov

See Getting Involved for webinar videos and more information on the Region 1 public meetings.

Region 1 Corridor Abstracts Released: Public Input Requested

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) have released Region 1 corridor abstracts, available on the Regional Reviews page, and are requesting public input through October 24, 2016.

Corridor Mapping Tool Released

BLM and FS have released the Section 368 Energy Corridor Mapping Tool, which is an interactive application for displaying and querying Section 368 Corridor spatial data in your Web browser.

Public Invitation to Participate in Regional Reviews

Stakeholders are invited to participate in the Section 368 energy corridor regional reviews via a series of webinars and public meetings.

Participating in Regional Reviews

Public engagement opportunities and background information for the Regional Periodic Reviews of the Section 368 Corridors will be forthcoming. To receive updates and announcements, subscribe below.

Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (the Act), Public Law 109-58 (H.R. 6), enacted August 8, 2005, directed the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, and the Interior (the Agencies) to designate under their respective authorities corridors on federal land in 11 Western States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities (energy corridors).

The Agencies issued a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on November 16, 2007 and a Final PEIS on November 20, 2008 that evaluated issues associated with the designation of energy corridors on federal lands in eleven Western states. The PEIS identified potential corridors; evaluated effects of potential future development within designated corridors; identified mitigation measures for such effects; and developed Interagency Operating Procedures (IOPs) applicable to planning, construction, operation, and decommissioning of future projects within the corridors.

Based upon the information and analyses developed in the PEIS, the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture signed Records of Decision (RODs) in 2009 designating Section 368 corridors by amending land and resource management plans on lands administered by their respective agencies in the eleven Western states.

The designation of energy transport corridors in land and resource management plans identified the preferred locations for development of energy transport projects on lands administered by the Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These locations were selected to avoid significant known resource and environmental conflicts, promote renewable energy development in the West, improve reliability, relieve congestion, and enhance the capability of the national grid to deliver electricity.

The IOPs are intended to expedite the permitting process; provide coordinated, consistent interagency management procedures for permitting rights of way (ROWs) within the corridors; and identify mandatory requirements for future projects.

The evaluation of future project-related environmental impacts must await site-specific proposals and the required site-specific environmental review. A quantifiable and accurate evaluation of impacts at the local project level can be made only in response to an actual proposed energy project, when a proposal for an action with specific environmental consequences exists.

Settlement Agreement

In July 2009, the Wilderness Society, BARK, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, National Parks Conservation Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oregon Natural Desert Association, Sierra Club, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Western Resource Advocates, Western Watersheds Project, and County of San Miguel, Colorado (Plaintiffs) filed a complaint against the Agencies challenging the PEIS, DOI and FS RODs, and associated energy corridor designations (Wilderness Society, et al. v. United States Department of the Interior, et al., No. 3:09-cv-03048-JW [N.D. Cal.]) pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. In July 2012, the BLM, FS, Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Justice developed a Settlement Agreement with the Plaintiffs that contains specific actions to resolve the challenges in the Complaint.

The four principal components of the Settlement Agreement require the Agencies to:

  1. Complete an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) addressing periodic corridor reviews;
  2. Update agency guidance;
  3. Update agency training; and
  4. Complete a corridor study.

The Settlement Agreement also identifies specific Section 368 "Corridors of Concern" and directs the agencies to consider five general principles for the revision, deletion, or addition of future corridors. For more information about the Settlement Agreement, including timeline, documents, implementation of periodic reviews, agency guidance and training, and the corridor study, see the Settlement Agreement page.

 Regional Reviews: Region 1 Schedule Update
 Region 1 Corridor Abstracts Released: Public Input Requested
 Corridor Mapping Tool Released
 Public Invitation to Participate in Regional Reviews
 Corridor Study Released


Stakeholder Input
To facilitate stakeholder engagement during the Regional Reviews, the BLM and FS have developed corridor abstracts and an online input form

Priority Regions for Review of Section 368 Energy Corridors