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West-wide Energy Corridor Programmatic EIS

A guide to the West-wide Energy Corridor Programmatic EIS (PEIS) document, the PEIS process, scope, and schedule.

NOTE: The West-Wide Energy Corridor Final Programmatic EIS is now available for downloading or browsing online. Final PEIS maps of proposed Section 368 energy corridors are also available for browsing/downloading.

The West-wide Energy Corridor Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) evaluates potential impacts associated with the proposed action to designate 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. The Programmatic EIS also evaluates the No Action alternative and other alternatives. Because the proposed action may involve actions in a floodplain or wetland, the draft PEIS will include a floodplain and wetlands assessment and the final PEIS or Record of Decision will include a floodplain statement of findings. Based upon the information and analyses developed in this PEIS, the agencies issuing the PEIS would amend their respective land use plans by designating a series of energy corridors effective upon signing of the Record(s) of Decision.

Explore this section to learn more about the PEIS; what it is, why it is needed, what's in it, where the draft corridors are located; how the PEIS will be prepared and by whom, the schedule for preparing the PEIS, and information about National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 and government-to-government consultation.

PEIS Scope

Section 368 of the The Energy Policy Act of 2005 divides several federal Agencies' schedules for designating transmission corridors on public lands into two groups: (1) "Western States," consisting of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; and (2) all other states. This PEIS relates solely to corridors in the Western States, and is for corridor establishment only.

For more information about the scope of the Programmatic EIS, see What's in the West-wide Energy Corridor Programmatic EIS.

PEIS Process and Schedule

Preparation of the West-wide Energy Corridor PEIS is a multi-step process that includes publication of a Draft Programmatic EIS, a Final Programmatic EIS and a Record of Decision. These and other programmatic EIS documents are/will be available for downloading and browsing on the Documents page of this Web site.

Follow the links in the menu at the left to learn more about the PEIS process, preparers, and schedule, as well as tribal government consultation.

Public participation in the PEIS is encouraged. See Getting Involved to learn how you can participate in the process.