Groups sue to stop Bush plan for Western energy corridors


The coalition filed the lawsuit essentially to get the Obama administration's attention, said Liz Thomas, a SUWA attorney in Moab, where a map shows a corridor three to six miles wide running past the entrances to Arches National Park and continuing through the narrow Moab Canyon to the south.

While the Bureau of Land Management changed the corridor plan to avoid some wilderness areas, Utah's maps were unchanged, Thomas said.

Fourteen of the corridors are in Utah, and would be anywhere from two-thirds of a mile to four miles wide. Each corridor could hold as many as nine electric transmission lines, 35 petroleum and 29 natural-gas pipelines.

… Maps show the corridors generally follow existing highways, electric transmission lines and pipelines that already cross federal land. But they omit details on roadless areas, wilderness study areas, designated species habitat, national parks and southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.