Comment period on proposed pipeline opened again |

Comment period on proposed pipeline opened again

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has reopened the public comment period on Tesoro’s proposed Uinta Express Pipeline until April 22. The Forest had found that the mailing address listed on its website was old, while the address on comment cards that were distributed was incomplete.

A legal notice for the reopening of the public comment period was published in The Salt Lake Tribune on April 1, according to Larry Lucas, recreation and lands staff officer with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Electronic comments can be submitted by April 22 to or by facsimile to 801-253-8118. Comments can also be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow,

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Supervisor’s Office

857 West South Jordan Parkway

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South Jordan, UT 84095-8594

The northern, or preferred, route of the pipeline would be 135 miles long and would run northwest from Duchesne County and through 14 miles of the Uinta National Forest before going through Woodland and Francis. It would then bear north and then northwest past Peoa, around the east side of Rockport Reservoir, under Interstate 80 past Wanship and Hoytsville, before tracking west near Coalville until it reaches refineries near North Salt Lake.

It would be a 12-inch buried carbon steel pipeline meant to carry yellow or black waxy crude oil and would feature a minimum 50-foot right-of-way with up to a 100-foot right-of-way on National Forest lands. Much of the pipeline would also parallel existing pipeline right-of-way routes or utility corridors, following the Chevron, Questar and/or Kern River pipelines, according to a Forest Service release.

Lucas said the Forest Service is being "overly cautious" in choosing to reopen the comment period and that Tesoro should be contacting homeowners along the preferred route over the next several months.

After the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) is completed, it will be distributed to those who submit comments, respond to the scoping letter and ask to be included on the project mailing list, according to the Forest Service release. The final EIS is expected to be completed by spring of 2016, with the initial phases of the project’s implementation to begin summer of 2016.

For more information, contact Larry Lucas at 801-999-2157 or via