The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) was released on April 17, 2020 and announces a 90-day public comment period ending on July 16, 2020.
The State of Wyoming proposes to designate a statewide pipeline corridor network for future pipeline development associated with carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) as well as associated enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) facilities across private, state and BLM-managed lands.
The corridors would help connect industrial and natural carbon dioxide (CO2) sources with existing oil fields suitable for CO2-EOR injection, including locations for permanent geologic storage. The initiative will not develop pipeline projects but aims to expedite environmental analysis by designating corridors and has proposed four alternatives for consideration and comment.
The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute believes Wyoming would greatly benefit from the WPCI proposal to support CCUS. Increased CO2-EOR development would generate considerable royalties and taxes to the State of Wyoming and associated counties as well as adding thousands of jobs.