FERC Issues Draft EIS For Apex Pipeline Expansion

May 2010 Vol. 237 No. 5

A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) issued by the FERC for Kern River Gas Transmission Co.’s Apex Pipeline expansion indicates that some adverse environmental impacts exist.

However, these impacts would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of Kern River's proposed mitigation and the additional measures recommended in the draft EIS.

Kern River’s proposed project facilities include 28 miles of new 36-inch natural gas pipeline loop in Morgan, Davis, and Salt Lake counties, UT (the Wasatch Loop) and the following major associated facilities and upgrades: a new compressor station in Beaver County, UT, replacement of an existing compressor unit at the Fillmore compressor station in Millard County, UT; installation of additional compression at the Coyote Creek compressor station in Uinta County, WY; the Elberta compressor station in Utah County, UT; and the Dry Lake compressor station in Clark County, NV. Also, three new pig launchers and two pig receivers and six new mainline valves will be added.
The project is planned for completion in November 2011.