Please Make Comments on Ruby Pipeline EIS

More details here, suggested points coming soon! Thank you.

The Cloud Foundations press release on the potential correlation between the pipeline and wild horse removals in the 5 Herd Management Areas it crosses.

Katie Fite of Western Watersheds on the Calico Roundup and Ruby Pipeline

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13 Responses to “Please Make Comments on Ruby Pipeline EIS”

  1. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    After being ‘misinformed’ (that’s a euphemism for ‘bald-faced lied to’) as to the correlation between the mysterious winter round-ups and the start-up, this Spring, of work camps for the construction crews for this debacle, well, a girl’s gotta perform her due diligence:
    This project will run thorugh 285 miles of Nevada’s most pristine wilderness, wilderness that probably hadn’t seen a human in more than a hundred years.
    The area in question is ‘remote’, far and away from the idiocies of humans, like trash, camp fires, cigarette butts and, Oh Yeah, Emergency Services.
    In descriptions of the areas, the term ‘virgin sagebrush’ comes up. Which, to me, translates as little clustered biomes, with all the rare and unique traits particular to that stand of sage brush.
    To be ripped from the ground, never to recover.
    I’ve not found a single environmental impact report, which doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, but perhaps was deemed so inconsequential in the Grand Scheme that it was buried in an unmarked grave.
    For all the intrepid out there, also missing is any opinion from the USGS on Seismic issues. All along the proposed site are a fine network of cracks, from Wyoming’s Opal Hub, through Northern Utah, Northern Nevada and Southeast Oregon – fault lines. Northern Nevada, in the past 3 years has experienced unprecendented seismic activity – and is not immune to large-scale and devastating earthquakes. (See USGS.gov- Historic Earthquakes by State).
    And also nowhere to be found are any protocols in place for accidental discharge of gas or wildfire near the site. I guess this is one of those things you plan for AFTER it happens. Like Hurricane Katrina.
    A Minor Incident with a project of this kind will result in an environmental disaster – and one the area would never recover from. Witness the struggle of the range to recover from only a few hundred years of overuse.
    And to the benefit of a very few. I am not discounting those the project would help; those 150,000 potential customers in Oregon might actually need this project, and I’m sure the construction would employ, for three years at least, a host of people who may have to exchange environmental feasibilty for a paycheck But, overall, this project is in the best interests of only the Department of the Interior and the two companies that financed it.
    I keep seein’ Smiling Kenny Salazar’s face, hearing his insolent op-ed, and I wanna scream at him “Yer fired! ya dirty, evil, devious, shifty, low-down, no-good Bas….!!!” (You get the drift.)
    My point is: This project has the extreme potential for some very bad juju up in the Nevada Netherlands, and I can’t possibly be the only one who sees that. Not just in my capacity as an Advocate or one of the Environmentally Aware. But as an average member of the Public.

  2. CINDY STUART Says:

    DEAR FOLKS:
    THE ABOVE LISA LEBLANC CERTAINLY KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON: I.E., THE FACTS–NOT IRRESPONSIBLE MISLEADING REMARKS/INFO. NOT ONLY IS THE FUTURE OF THE WILD HORSE/BURRO POPULATION AT STAKE, BUT CONSIDERING THE TERRAIN VOLAILITY, SO IS HUMAN LIFE AND OTHER LIVING THINGS SHOULD AN EARTHQUAKE AND IT’S FALLOUT OCCUR. LISA IS ONE FROM WHOM WE SHOULD HEAR FREQUENTLY, AND SUPPORT HER DISCOVERIES. WE SHOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE HER FUTURE FACT FINDING AND RESEARCH REGARDING THESE SPECIFIC ISSUES. HER COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND WHAT HAS BEEN TOLD TO MISLEAD THOSE WHO CARE IS INCOMPARABLE. DEVASTATION AND/OR ANY CONSEQUENCES FROM ANY OF NATURE’S EXPLOSIVENESS IS MORE THAN INCOMPARABLE. WHAT ARE OFFICIALS THINKING? DO THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE WE ARE TOO SOPHISTICATED TO EXPERIENCE WHAT HISTORY THRUOUT THE WORLD HAS KNOWN FROM FAULTLINES? ARE THEY NOT REALISTIC ENOUGH? LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE–DO NOT FLIRT WITH POTENTIAL HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL/TRAGEDTY AND OUR WILD HORSE/BURRO POPULATION.

    YOU GO, GIRL!

    -. 7:30 PM

  3. LOUIE COCROFT Says:

    LISA, YOU ARE ANYTHING BUT AVERAGE!

  4. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    The entire EIS – Environmental Impact Statement – can be read in PDF format at the website:
    ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2010/01-08-10.asp.
    It’s 312 page report, outlining every aspect, from deconstuction to reconstruction of the areas in and around the Pipeline. There are a few paragraphs mentioning Wild Ones and how much of their range will be disturbed, and actual requests from the BLM that the Pipeline adhere to guidelines to ensure minimal contact and disruption of the Herd’s behaviors.

  5. Maggie Hall Says:

    We all know that big money talks while they keep saying “There are too many horses….” blah blah blah!
    We all have to keep hammering at our news media to tell the real story not the BLM bull-===~!!!
    Keep up the good work Lisa~!
    Big money making the taxpayers foot the bill to kill our loved American symbol – the wild horses.
    EUROPEANS THINK WE ARE CRAZY!! THEY WISH THEY HAD WHAT WE HAVE HERE – THE WIDE OPEN WILD WEST – WITH EQUINES RUNNING FREE!!!

  6. sandra longley Says:

    I recently read an article…(which i need to go back and find) that stated they were going to construct a camp out there for 600 workers…military base style…and were drilling water wells to supply the camp. All that means heavy truck traffic in and out…so roads must be constructed…It sounds as if it is pretty remote and a long way from nearest services…so it will have to be pretty self sufficent….this is another one of those “fast track” and “red tape cutting” programs that Salazar and Reid are so proud of…Of course they wanted the horses out of there-specific not only to this project-but to the 300 million acres that Salazar has designated for green energy projects, and the other million designated for the lines to deliver energy…so where does the sierra club stand on this issue??? wild horses barely leave a footprint on the land compared to what this constuction will do…and what about the cattle leases in this area, have they cancelled them out as well…I am sure they think they are entitled to do this under “multiple uses” language in the wild horse bill amendments in 1978…with the horses gone…WHO…will show up to protest????

  7. sandra longley Says:

    As proposed, the Project is expected to include approximately 675 miles of 42-inch natural gas transmission pipeline, beginning at the Opal Hub in Wyoming and terminating at interconnects near Malin, Oregon. Contracts for the pipe have been signed and pipeline construction companies have been selected. The Project will have an initial design capacity of up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) and will traverse portions of four states: Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. Four compressor stations are proposed for the project: one near the Opal Hub in southwestern Wyoming; one south of Curlew Junction, Utah; one at the mid-point of the project, north of Elko, Nevada; and one in northwestern Nevada.

    Ruby is committed to being the neighbor to have. As part of that vision, the Project will incorporate technology to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and will offset those emissions that cannot be reduced. Environmental reviews conducted during the planning for the Project identified several key areas for special attention or avoidance during construction: big game winter ranges, calving areas, and river crossings, as well as a number of federally protected species. Ruby is continuing to conduct surveys along the proposed route, including archaeological/cultural resource surveys to identify important historic sites, as well as biological and civil surveys. This information, along with stakeholder and community input, will be analyzed and, where needed, appropriate changes will be made to the route. Once the Project is thoroughly reviewed by the FERC in cooperation with state and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, a certificate of public convenience and necessity may be granted and construction could begin in early 2010. The estimated in-service date is March 2011.

    No mention of protecting the wild horses…they did say further on, that at the end of the project they would “restore” the habitat, and people could resume using the land for “farming and ranching”, again nothing about the wild horses..HOWEVER…They are “expecting to start construction….by the end of the first quarter of 2010,,,that would be April/May…so does that look like it coincides with the roundups in the dead of winter in northern Nevada…there can be NO OTHER REASON

  8. sandra longley Says:

    Ok-further research shows the El Pso corporation sold 50% of its interest in the pipeline project to Global Infrastructure Partners-it then sold another 25% to PG&E…so that makes GIP the major owner. THIS is what happened on feb5,2010…

    Global Infrastructure Partners, which bought London’s Gatwick Airport in December, said it will sell a stake in the airport to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

    The New York-based private-equity firm will retain a controlling stake in the airport, a spokesman for GIP said by telephone yesterday, while declining to specify the size of the stake the fund is selling or the terms of the agreement. The investment is a 15 percent stake valued at about 125 million pounds ($197 million), the London-based Times reported, without attribution.

    GIP welcomes the sovereign wealth fund “as a long-term investor,” the spokesman said. The press office of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority could not be reached outside of office hours.

    The global recession caused airline traffic to slump last year, with carriers cutting capacity to match falling demand. GIP bought Gatwick for 1.51 billion pounds from Spanish builder Grupo Ferrovial SA and this week agreed to sell a 12 percent stake to the National Pension Service, Korea’s biggest investor.

    The sale of the holding to National Pension Service was part of a continuing process, and GIP is likely to agree to further transactions while retaining a “controlling stake,” Gatwick said Feb. 2

    So they sold part of the second largest airport in England to an Arab interest….GIP owns ports airports and energy concerns around the world—-What gaureentee do americans have that they will not sell interests to foreign companies…that is how they conduct business, there are 7 partners involved, 3 from a swiss banking firm, 3 from the us, and the seventh partner is…unnamed…will require some more research on this…Are you starting to get nervous????

  9. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    I read an article somewhere recently (really need to keep my pencil closer) the building of the ‘construction camp’ will start near Vya, Nevada, this spring. There’s another one scheduled about the same time, somewhere at the other end.
    There are sections in the report on ‘blasting’ as some of the pipeline will run through rock formations, and the ‘possibility’ of releasing metals, for example, mercury, in the form of incidental dust. There were lists on how mercury released from it’s rocky shell, can affect wildlife, agriculture and humans, and how the dust must be ‘watered down’ to keep it from spreading through prevailing winds.
    I don’t see any government agency keeping vigilant watch on a multi-national corporation when this kind of cash outlay is involved.
    And, with a majority of this pipeline running through Public Land, did they buy it? Are they renting? Or is this a gift from the people of the US?
    I don’t care how many i’s and t’s get crossed – there is nothing wholesome, humanitarian or ecologically responsible about this project. But I’m afraid, with the EIS report, this muther is a done deal. Would you wanna irrigate your crops with available water sources after this crew has spent 10 weeks rototilling your backyard?

  10. sandra longley Says:

    PLEASE post over at the DOI webpage, comments are accepted until mid-march…show them we have ideas…and boy do we have ideas..we are not just asking them to stop, but have viable solutions to the situation-and valuable criticisms.

  11. Lisa LeBlanc Says:

    Sandra – I’ve been reading archived articles on the Western Watershed Project website – apparently Ruby LLC has already purchased 19M gallons of water from the Wine Cup Ranch; it’s estimated Ruby will utilize about 78M gallons for dust abatement alone.
    So I told you all that to tell you this: I had a little epiphany about Mr. SalaCzar’s Sanctuary proposal. Since the East and MidWest have all that beautiful grassy terrain, and since the DOI is so hot to kick out a billiondy-billion dollars to capture and send and finance, in perpetuity, the Sterile Wild Horse zoo, why not turn all that lovely grass over to the Cattleman’s Association and the United Conglomeration of Beef Boys? They’re always sniveling about the availability of range and allotments and all the rules they have to follow. Why not let ’em send their cattle to the Mid-US, where there is plenty of green for everyone?! Then re-open allotments for multiple-use – wildlife, wild Ones, Public parks and recreation?
    The BLM can fund the initial cost of shipping the cattle. The cattlemen can help pay the rent on the ‘beef sanctuary’, and no more monster cash outlays on round-ups because the Wild Ones will finally have their 20M acres back.
    I know it sounds far-fetched, but no more far-fetched than rounding up every Wild One in the US.

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  13. jan Says:

    your tax dollars at work – heard on news today that stimulus money for jobs will be sent to china – some 2 billion for them to build wind turbines which cost 3 million each – will be interesting to see where these will be built in china and if they will destroy their wildlife to build them as we are destroying ours

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