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Public comment sought on proposed oil and gas pipeline project in North Dakota

Published Nov. 24, 2015

OMAHA, NE - A draft environmental assessment addendum has been prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District to determine if any environmental impacts would be caused by a proposed project to construct an oil and gas pipeline system in McKenzie and Mountrail counties, N.D.

Paradigm Midstream Services – ND, LLC is proposing to construct and operate the 70-mile Sacagawea oil and gas pipeline system in McKenzie and Mountrail Counties, North Dakota for the purpose of transporting crude oil produced by Bakken Field wells from McKenzie County to rail and pipeline transmission locations in Mountrail County. An environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact was developed by the lead agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), to address the installation and operation of the pipeline, which would span privately owned lands, state trust lands, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation lands, and lands managed and regulated by the Corps. 

The Omaha District is seeking public comments on the environmental assessment addendum which assesses potential impacts from the portion of the pipeline that would span Garrison Project lands (specifically pipeline laid under Lake Sakakawea and the Missouri River via horizontal directional drilling) and Corps regulated lands (i.e., fee surface, allotted, and tribal lands).

The public is encouraged to provide comments during the open comment period from December 1-31, 2015, on the draft EA Addendum which is available for viewing at: http://cdm16021.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16021coll7/id/2413. A hard copy will also be available at the New Town Public Library located at 103 Soo Place, New Town, ND 58763.

For reference, the BIA’s EA and FONSI can be viewed at: http://cdm16021.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16021coll7/id/2414

Comments may be directed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-PM-AC; Attn: Rebecca Podkowka; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102. Comments can also be emailed to rebecca.l.podkowka@usace.army.mil.

Eileen Williamson
Rebecca Podkowka

Release no. 20151124-002