West Wide Energy Corridors (WWEC)
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58 (H.R. 6), was enacted 8 August 2005. Section 368 of this Act directed the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, and the Interior to designate under their respective authorities corridors on federal land in 11 Western States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities (energy corridors). In January 2009, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and FS designated 6,000 miles of Section 368 corridors on Federal lands in the 11 contiguous western states through two Records of Decisions (RODs) and associated land use plan amendments. Following this designation there was a lawsuit. Following the results of the lawsuit and in accordance with the terms of the 2012 settlement agreement,.the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the Department of Energy (DOE), working with Argonne National Laboratory in support, are soliciting public review and comment on the West-wide energy corridors on public and National Forest System lands. The review of the West-wide energy corridors (also known as Section 368 Energy Corridors).
"Region 1" Regional Review was completed in 2016.
The Agencies are currently finalizing the draft report.
Once the draft report is complete, there will be a 30-day comment period for this region.
"Region 2 and 3" Regional Review began on January 10, 2018.
A posting of the corridor abstracts for the project will be on the website for a 45-day review period. The purpose of the abstracts is to assemble as complete and current an understanding as possible of each corridor under review. The abstracts summarize why the corridor was designated, describe energy infrastructure it already contains, and identify potential resource conflicts (by corridor milepost) that may limit future energy development within the corridor.
West-wide Energy Corridor Information Center and Section 368 Mapping Tool are available at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/.