West Wide Energy Corridors (WWEC)
UPDATED 8 March 2019
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).
"Regions 4,5, and 6" Regional Review available through 8 April 2019.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have released Regions 4, 5, and 6 draft corridor abstracts, available on the Regions 4, 5, and 6 Regional Review <http://corridoreis.anl.gov/regional-reviews/regions-4-5-6/> page of the West-wide Energy Corridor website, and are requesting input <http://corridoreis.anl.gov/involve/stakeholder-input/> through April 8, 2019.
"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.
A Section 368 energy corridor regional review status webinar for Regions 2 and 3 was held on July 18, 2018, at 11 am MDT. The webinar focused on the recent workshops held in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Utah. A recording of the webinar is available at the WWEC website.
West-wide Energy Corridor Information Center and Section 368 Mapping Tool are available at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/.