West-wide Energy Corridors: A new way forward

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In June 2012, a landmark settlement was reached between federal agencies and a coalition of conservation organizations, including The Wilderness Society, as well as a western Colorado county that had challenged West-wide Energy Corridors initially designated under Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to create a system of corridors for pipelines and power lines across the West.

Through the settlement, the designations will be reevaluated and revised to better: avoid environmentally sensitive areas, diminish proliferation of dispersed right-of-ways (ROWs), and facilitate development of renewable energy projects.

There is now an opportunity to revise corridors in the West that will help reduce carbon pollution by facilitating clean energy and protect wildlands by avoiding special or sensitive areas all together.

Helpful links

West-wide Energy Corridor Information Center:

Bureau of Land Management: