Crow Creek Pipeline Project

Pipeline route at Kiesha’s Preserve at two years|Ruby Pipeline near Mantua, Utah at about six years|||| Pipeline route at Kiesha’s Preserve at two years|Ruby Pipeline near Mantua, Utah at about six years|||| |||||

November, 2018

Yellowstone to Uintas Connection and Western Watersheds Project has submitted comments to the Forest Service in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) of a proposed 50 mile natural gas pipeline between Bear Lake County and Afton Wyoming. The Crow Creek pipeline proposal would result in wildlife displacement and habitat fragmentation in the regionally signifcant wildlife corridor between Yellowstone and the Uintas. The DEIS fails to seriously take into account possible pipeline accidents, and the proposed mitigation is insufficient.

From the comments:

"Overall, this DEIS disclaims impacts to wildlife or corridor integrity by setting up a straw man then using that as a basis for its conclusions leading to the project going ahead as planned. The DEIS is merely a document directed at supporting an action already planned. This straw man is essentially restated as saying even though habitat will be altered and animals killed, there is habitat elsewhere and populations will remain unharmed. But, the DEIS does nothing to quantify this other habitat and its quality to function as a corridor or to support populations of fish and wildlife."

Y2U will continue to monitor the proposal, and provide the Forest Service with feedback on project analysis and possible mitigation efforts. See document linked below for full comments.

June, 2019

Y2U has submitted a protest to the Forest Service which has not properly planned for mitigation for the proposed Crow Creek pipeline. The proposal fails to take into account impacts on wildlife from roads, watersheds, soil/vegetation, and air quality due to the construction and maintenance of the pipeline. We request the FS select and implement the No Action alternative. Further compromising increasingly rare and roadless landscapes including the Regionally Significant Wildlife Corridor by facilitating further degradation of our national forest is ecologically unacceptable. The Forest Service should be proposing strategic restoration in these landscapes, where management impacts have already compromised habitats for rare and sensitive species of conservation concern.

See documents linked below for full comments.