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

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Regions 2 and 3 Regional Review

Region 2 and Region 3 energy corridor abstracts.

On January 10, 2018, the BLM, USFS and DOE are publishing draft energy corridor abstracts for the Regions 2 and 3 review process. This release will initiate a 45-day stakeholder review period which will close February 24, 2018. The review includes 53 energy corridors situated in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The agencies will also hold a webinar on January 24, 2018, to provide an orientation to the review process. Draft energy corridor abstracts are available below.

The purpose of the Regional Reviews is to examine new relevant information and stakeholder input on the Section 368 energy corridors, including corridors of concern, and, based on this information, identify potential revisions, deletions, or additions to the corridors and identify possible changes to the IOPs. Visit the Regional Reviews page for general information on the Regional Reviews. To assist in the review of the abstracts, utilize the Section 368 Mapping Tool. It serves as a geospatial tool for abstract review and it depicts corridors, boundaries, resource data, as well as a licensed database of pipelines and electric transmission lines.

Within the regional review process, there are three opportunities for stakeholder engagement. The graphic below displays the entire review process and highlights (in red) these three opportunities.

The abstracts are being developed to summarize why the corridor was designated, what energy infrastructure it already contains, and identify concerns that may limit future energy corridor development. As shown above, Step 1 of the review process is the development pf draft abstracts using information from the 2012 Settlement Agreement, comments submitted in the 2014 Request for Information (RFI), the 2016 Corridor Study, GIS analysis, and applicable Agencies' land use plans. The analysis framework for abstract development includes the 4 siting principles identified in the Settlement Agreement, maps of potential resource conflicts ('conflict maps'), and BLM and USFS management prescriptions ('RMP prescriptions') potentially impacting the corridors. The intent of the analysis is to:

  • Confirm the existing corridor best meets the siting principles (e.g., the corridor is located in the best place given the siting principles - maximum utility, minimum environmental impact);
  • Identify opportunities to improve corridor placement or interagency operating procedures (IOPs) (e.g., shift a corridor segment, widen or narrow the corridor, remove a corridor, or add a new corridor elsewhere) or to add new or revise existing IOPs; or
  • Acknowledge the concern is not easily resolved or avoided through corridor-level planning (Note that review of these issues will continue after the abstracts are finalized.

Abstracts will be finalized following the 45-day stakeholder review and input. In Step 2, the corridor abstracts serve as the foundation for the stakeholder workshops, which will serve as a collaborative venue for consideration and development of potential corridor revisions, deletions, or additions and potential changes to IOPs. This input will be compiled into a draft report (Step 3) for Regions 2 and 3 targeted to be released in September 2018 for a 30-day stakeholder review, followed by the release of the final report targeted for late December 2018.

Energy Corridor Abstracts



PDF Conflict Assessment Criteria Table for Section 368 Energy Corridor Reviews (138 KB)