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Regions 4, 5, and 6 Regional Review

Regions 4, 5, and 6 energy corridor abstracts.

On February 20, 2019, the BLM, USFS and DOE published draft energy corridor abstracts for the Regions 4, 5, and 6 review process. This release initiated a 45-day stakeholder review period which closed April 8, 2019. The review includes 59 energy corridors across BLM and USFS lands located in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The agencies also held a public webinar on February 27, 2019, to provide an orientation to the review process and Regions 4, 5, and 6 draft corridor abstracts. Revised corridor abstracts were released on May 14, 2019, and are available below.

The purpose of these 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 interagency operating procedures (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, and 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. For more information about opportunities for stakeholder participation, see Getting Involved.

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The energy corridor 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 of 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 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.; and
  • Identify opportunities to resolve potential conflicts through future changes to land use plans.

Abstracts were 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 4, 5, and 6 targeted to be released in late 2019 or early 2020 for a 30-day stakeholder review, followed by the release of the final report which will include the results of the regional reviews for all six regions.

Energy Corridor Abstracts