CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has been working to reduce permitting time and to enhance energy projects with a network of pipeline corridors. The Governor announced today, a plan to establish pipeline corridors through federal lands is complete. All of the corridors run parallel to existing pipelines. The Wyoming Pipeline Authority (WPA) submitted the plan to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for regulatory approval. These corridors will reduce permitting timeframes and could expedite enhanced oil recovery in making CO2 available to old oil fields. The pipeline plan is part of Governor Mead’s Energy Strategy.
“This plan identifies appropriate routes for pipelines. It establishes corridors, reduces delays and avoids a piecemeal approach to pipelines. This benefits everybody - energy producers, agriculture and environmental stewards,” Governor Mead said.
The Bureau of Land Management application seeks to establish 1,150 miles of pipeline corridors on federal lands in Wyoming. The project called the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) would cross federal lands in most of Wyoming’s counties and involve nine BLM field offices.
Individual project proponents would construct and operate pipelines using the approved corridors. It is expected that some of the corridors would be available as soon as approvals are issued. Permitting will involve public review and input.
One of the primary purposes of the WPCI is to facilitate enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in Wyoming.
“Oil production in Wyoming has been declining for several decades. This hurts local economies, means fewer jobs and results in less revenue to the state,” Governor Mead said. “Wyoming has large, economically significant oil reserves that are good candidates for enhanced oil recovery using CO2.”
Currently, CO2 is being used in five Wyoming fields to assist in additional oil recovery. The oil being produced with the help of CO2 is not recoverable using conventional production techniques.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a rule to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants. Governor Mead said, “A pre-approved pipeline network links depleted oil fields with CO2 sources and increases the viability of enhanced oil recovery. With this plan Wyoming can assist industry, make CO2 from power plants an asset, reduce overall CO2 emissions and increase oil recovery.”
The application is part of a multi-year collaboration between the State of Wyoming, BLM and other federal agencies. Wyoming’s plan addresses future, long-term pipeline corridor needs in the state. A map of the corridors addressed in WPA's application can be found on WPA's website: www.wyopipeline.com