RIFLE — The Bargath LLC pipeline company has proposed a 22-mile gas pipeline that would run from the Divide Creek area under the Colorado River to processing facilities near Parachute.
Bargath, also known as Williams Midstream, is being split off from Williams Production RMT in a deal that will take effect in early January, according to Williams spokeswoman Donna Gray.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the pipeline proposal, according to BLM spokesman Dave Boyd. Comments are due Jan. 20, 2012.
The Kokopelli Phase II pipeline is to be a buried 16-inch line that would run from a compressor station in Dry Hollow, south of Silt, to a compressor in Rulison, near Anvil Points on the north side of the river, according to the BLM.
The pipeline would cross 7.6 miles of BLM-managed lands, less than a mile of Forest Service land, and nearly 14 miles of private property.
“The pipeline would be bored under the Colorado River to avoid impacts to the riverbed, aquatic wildlife and the adjacent riparian ecosystem,” stated the BLM release.
Boyd, contacted by email, told the Post Independent that “boring the river has been done before in this area multiple times.” He said Encana Oil & Gas (USA) was the most recent energy company to do so, under the Una Bridge near Parachute, on private property.
Williams is also proposing to install two six-inch water lines along a 4.1-mile section of the proposed Kokopelli trench to reduce water truck traffic in the areas involved, according to the BLM release.
Gray said the company hopes to begin construction of the pipeline next spring, if the necessary permits are issued.
She wrote in an email that the pipeline is primarily intended to carry gas gathered from Williams wells in the Kokopelli Field south of Silt. The pipeline could also carry gas from other operators' wells.
The proposal and an explanatory map are available online at http://tinyurl.com/BLMpipeline
(case-sensitive shortened web address).
Written comments to the BLM are to be sent to the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO, 81652.