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BLM Seeks comments on pipeline project

Havre, Mont. -- The Bureau of Land Management's HiLine District Office wants to know what residents think about pipelines going through public land.

The BLM is seeking public comment on Northern Border Pipeline's continuing operation and maintenance activities to assist in preparing an environmental assessment analyzing the renewal of right-of-way grants, according to a BLM press release.

Grants will be renewed as required by law and federal regulations, however BLM must decide whether to continue using the existing conditions or revise them. Issues raised include public safety, boater safety, wildlife, invasive and noxious weeds and soil erosion, according to the BLM.

This pipeline is also known as the Eastern Segment of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System.

Grants were issued in 1981 and expire this year. Those grants authorized a 42-inch, buried natural gas pipeline across about 21 miles of public lands managed by the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in McKenzie, Dunn, Morton and Emmons counties in North Dakota and in Phillips and Valley counties in Montana. The entire pipeline runs about 1,200 miles from the Canada and Montana border to the Chicago area, according to the BLM.

Comments may be emailed to or sent to the BLM, Havre Field Office, Attn: Kirsten Boyle, 3990 Highway 2 W, P.O. Box 911, Havre, MT 59501. Comments should be received by May 23.

Call Boyle at 406-262-2829 for information.