BLM begins new court-ordered Ruby Pipeline review

Federal land managers are going back to the drawing board with their environmental review of a 678-mile natural gas pipeline stretching from Wyoming to Oregon.

Officials for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management say they have started preparing another draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the Ruby Pipeline.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled in October the agency hadn’t done enough to ensure protection of the Lahontan cutthroat trout and other rare fish in Utah, Nevada and southern Oregon.

BLM says the new draft SEIS will provide more detailed information about the cumulative loss of sagebrush vegetation and habitat across the Great Basin and high desert. The public will have 45 days to comment once the new review is published.

The pipeline has been operating since July 2011.

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