What is the Enefit Utility Corridor project?
Enefit American Oil has filed a right-of-way application with the BLM seeking authorization to construct and operate natural gas, electricity, and water utilities and a processed oil product delivery line across federal lands in the utility corridor(s), as well as upgrade a portion of the existing Dragon Road.
Why has Enefit proposed their Utility Corridor project?
All proposed utilities would terminate Enefit's private property.
Why is the BLM considering this project?
Where will the Enefit Utility Corridor project be located?
BLM must respond to Enefit’s application for right-of-way across BLM-administered lands.
How will this project comply with the National Environmental Policy Act?
To evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposal, the BLM prepared an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate and disclose the potential direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts that could result from implementation of the Enefit Utility Corridor Project. After considering the analysis in the EIS, BLM issued a Record of Decision (ROD) that describes what BLM decided regarding the requested right-of-way on lands they administer.
Will the EIS analyze the Enefit South Project as well?
The Enefit South Project mine and processing plant on private lands and private minerals is included in the cumulative impacts section of the EIS to the extent that its impacts accumlate with the impacts of the Utility Project.. However, BLM has no jurisidiction to approve or disapprove the Enefit’s South Project, and Enefit's South Project will happen regardless of the BLM's decision on the Utiltiy Project. Approval or disapproval of the Enefit South Project activities would be under the jurisdiction of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining.
Enefit’s proposed utility corridors are located in Uintah County, about 20 to 40 miles south of Vernal, Utah. All proposed utilitites would be located within an existing developed oil and gas field and adjacent to existing pipelines, powerlines, and roads where possible. One crossing of the White River is planned; however, all proposed utilities will cross the White River at the same location, about one-half mile east (upstream) of the existing White River bridge and adjacent to an existing pipeline and powerline.
Who is Enefit?
Enefit is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eesti Energia AS (EE; known as Enefit for activities outside of Estonia), the world's largest oil shale processing company. Founded in 1939 and owned by the national government of Estonia. EE mines up to 17 million tons of oil shale per year to produce shale oil and electricity in the Baltic region of northern Europe. EE employs nearly 8,000 people worldwide and has produced approximately 200 million barrels of oil and 550 terawatts of power throughout their history. Enefit has acquired one of the largest tracts of privately-owned oil shale resource in the United States, and the largest in Utah, totaling more than 30,000 acres and containing an estimated 2.6 billion barrels of recoverable shale oil across all holdings. Enefit's private land was previously owned by Oil Shale Exploration Company (OSEC), with Petrobras America Inc. and Mitshale Development LLC holding options. In March 2011, Enefit acquired 100 percent of OSEC's shares and assumed full ownership and control of OSEC's assets. Enefit renamed OSEC as Enefit American Oil and has continued development plans for the private land.
When will a decision be made regarding the Enefit Utility Corridor project?
A Record of Decision is available on the Documents tab.
What other agencies are helping to prepare the EIS?
Agencies who are cooperating with the BLM in preparation of the EIS include: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (through the Energy Pilot Office program); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Utah Public Lands Policy and Coordination Office.