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Entergra statement released

The nearly two-inch thick environmental impact statement for the Entrega pipeline project has been released. It’s the final step in a months-long process Entrega has undergone to get the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s stamp of approval.

Entrega plans to install 328.1 miles of 36- and 42-inch pipeline to transport natural gas from the Meeker Hub in Rio Blanco County to the Cheyenne Hub in Southern Wyoming. The proposal calls for three compressor stations to be erected along the pipeline’s route, capable of transporting 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day.

FERC will use the environmental impact study to determine whether to issue certification to begin the project.

Land Acquisition Coordinator Denny Needham said construction is expected to begin in August.

Entrega officials are working to get started as early as possible. On Tuesday, they requested that FERC make a decision about whether to issue the permit before its next meeting, which is scheduled for July 21. If that doesn’t happen, Entrega will have to wait for FERC officials to return from their summer break, putting the project severely behind schedule.

Entrega applied for the certificate on Sept. 17 and has committed to be in service by Jan. 1.

FERC has yet to respond to Entrega’s request, though there is no indication that the certificate will be denied based on the findings of the environmental impact study.

Construction of the pipeline would disturb about 5,371 acres of land, 3,297 acres of which would be restored to their previous use.

A study completed by Peterson Consulting Services estimates $4.1 million in wages will be paid to workers during the time they’re in Moffat County. The project is expected to generate $6.3 million in revenue for small businesses and $4.6 million in retail sales in Moffat County.

The assessed value of the pipeline and aboveground facilities has been estimated at $102.9 million, 54 percent of which will be in Colorado. The total annual property tax is estimated at $6 million.

The project would result in limited adverse environmental impact, according to the Environmental Impact Study.

“Our analysis indicates that with the application of Entrega’s mitigation and implementation of our recommendations, the proposal would result in no significant impact that is unavoidable,” it reads.

Ninety-four percent of the pipeline will be laid in an existing corridor.

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