East Cheyenne will design, construct, test, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities in accordance with the Federal Department of Transportation Pipeline Safety Standards (49 CFR Part 192) designed to ensure public protection and to prevent natural gas facility accidents. Well construction or plugging for injection and withdrawal of natural gas will be conducted in accordance with the standards of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
As part of its safety program East Cheyenne will:
- Develop an emergency response plan with local fire, police, and other agencies.
- Establish a continuing education program to enable customers, the public, government officials, and those engaged in excavation activities to recognize a natural gas pipeline emergency and report it to appropriate public officials.
- Regular monitoring of wells and procedures for identifying an emergency event and establishing communication with local fire, police, and public officials.
- Facilities will be automated and capable of remote operation and will be equipped with necessary shutdown devices to ensure safe, efficient operation of the equipment and station.
- Local operations staff will be on site to perform daily station checks, witness pipeline meter calibrations and perform maintenance functions. Flow rates, pressures, temperatures, and other key operational data will be monitored and controlled from the site. A remote monitoring well will be used to monitor for cavern leakage or spillage.
East Cheyenne is committed to business practices that proactively protect the environment and meet all applicable environmental laws and regulations. Both during and after construction, East Cheyenne will carefully monitor its work to ensure the environment is preserved and protected. Environmental resources under consideration include, but are not limited to:
- Air Quality
- Biological Resources (wetlands, aquifers, groundwater, water bodies, plants and animals)
- Cultural Resources
- Geology and Soils
- Threatened and Endangered Species
- Public Services and Utilities
- Visual Resources
- Land Use
- Agriculture and Recreation
- Noise and Vibration
- Population and Housing
- Transportation and Traffic
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the regulatory agency with the primary responsibility for reviewing the proposed project pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and Section 157.5, et seq., of the Commission’s regulations under the NGA. Other agencies which may have regulatory authority over Project activities include:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Colorado State Historic Preservation Office
- Colorado Division of Wildlife
- Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment
- State of Colorado Division of Water Resources
- Logan County Planning Commission
- Logan County Department of Planning and Development