Plans for a carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline corridor in the US state of Wyoming have taken a step forward today with the Bureau of Land Management’s release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) is a proposal from the State of Wyoming Governor’s office to designate almost 2,000 miles of pipeline corridors cross private, state and BLM-managed lands throughout the central and western portions of the state that are essential to future production and distribution of CO2.

The publication of the EIS marks the final planning stages for the federally managed portions of Wyoming’s proposal to designate approximately 1,150 miles of Wyoming BLM-managed lands for a dedicated pipeline corridor system.

Designated corridors under the WPCI would enable transportation of CO2 from CO2 capture units to where it could be sold, used for sequestration or used in enhanced oil recovery.

The proposal focuses on pipeline development in existing federal energy corridors or adjacent to existing pipeline infrastructure for approximately 95% of the corridor network.

“The WPCI is a first-of-its-kind project that incentivises solutions to one of our nation’s most consequential ways to address environmental and economic challenges,” Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said.

“The final EIS is another important step for Wyoming as it continues to be a leader in CO2 carbon capture, beneficial utilisation and ultimately storage.”

“Consolidated siting of pipeline projects, as proposed by the State, builds the foundation to minimise resource conflicts by utilising existing corridors and co-locating infrastructure.”