CHEYENNE – The Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that it has opened a public scoping period for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI), a proposal that would designate approximately 1,150 miles of BLM-managed lands in Wyoming, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

The scoping period is the result of a nearly eight-year effort that began under the administration of Gov. Matt Mead,with funding support from the Wyoming Legislature. The initiative supports Gov. Mark Gordon’s goals of supporting carbon capture projects and extending the life of coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.

The WPCI proposal designates a statewide pipeline corridor network for future development of pipelines associated with carbon capture, utilization and storage, as well as pipelines and facilities associated with enhanced oil recovery. The network would incentivize construction and investment within those corridors.

More information on the state’s proposal can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xpCMr or on the state of Wyoming’s project webpage, https://www.wyopipeline.com/projects/wpci/. Public scoping comments can be submitted through the BLM’s WPCI ePlanning project webpage, https://go.usa.gov/xpCMr, or at upcoming public meetings that will be announced at a later date.

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