Session 13: Landscape Approaches
The Continental Divide-Creston (CD-C) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzes the impacts associated with the development of up to 8,950 natural gas wells across a 1.1million acre landscape. For the first time, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming has incorporated a landscape scale mitigation strategy into the EIS and Record of Decision. The mitigation strategy identifies avoidance and minimization measures that would be used to mitigate impacts associated with the project, and recognizes when compensatory mitigation would be necessary to offset unacceptable residual impacts. The strategy identifies those residual impacts that may occur to some resources (including air quality and cultural resources, among others), but that avoidance and minimization measures would be sufficient to reduce impacts to an acceptable level. The strategy also identifies that unacceptable residual impacts warranting compensatory mitigation could occur to both Greater Sage-grouse and big game (pronghorn and mule deer) crucial habitats. The strategy lays out a framework by which these unacceptable residual impacts could be quantified and incorporates an approach that involves multiple partnerships across the landscape.
Using this strategy, BLM Wyoming will be able to shift from a site-specific mitigation approach to natural gas development within the CD-C project area to an approach that considers the entire landscape and stakeholders. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the strategy through the environmental analysis to identification of avoidance and minimization measures and the need for compensatory mitigation.
Planning & Environmental Coordinator, Wyoming State Office
Bureau of Land Management
Jennifer Fleuret McConchie is currently a Planning and Environmental Coordinator with the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Wyoming State Office located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jennifer was previously a Project Manager in the BLM's Rawlins Field Office, Wyoming and prior to that, a Hydrologist in the Rawlins Field Office. Jennifer completed volunteer service in the United States Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa, before moving to Wyoming. She holds a Master's of Science degree in Forest Hydrology from Oregon State University in Corvalis, OR and a Bachelor's of Science degree from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York in Syracuse, NY.
Friday, May 12
9:20 AM – 10:50 AM
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