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Colorado: No more money to study Flaming Gorge pipeline

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The Green River in Wyoming. Photo courtesy USGS.

Colorado Water Conservation Board ends funding for task force studying proposal to divert water from Wyoming to Front Range

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — An oft-discussed proposal to build a 500-mile pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the Colorado Front Range may have taken a body blow this week, as the Colorado Water Conservation Board voted to cut off funding for a task force studying the plan.

Front Range developer Aaron Million has been touting the giant project as a way to alleviate pressure on the mainstem of the Colorado River and deliver water where it’s needed most.

In several applications to federal regulators, Million also suggested the pipeline could generate power while shunting water to Colorado. There hasn’t been a huge amount of public support for the project, but Colorado water officials, anxious to consider all options, decided to at least take a preliminary look at the idea. Continue reading

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Colorado: New bid made for Flaming Gorge pipeline

A map of the pipeline proposal.

Proponent Aaron Million claims federal rejection was premature and inconsistent with other decisions

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Prospective water developer Aaron Million won’t take no for an answer to his proposal to divert water from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge through a 560-mile pipeline to the Front Range of Colorado. The original Federal Register notice for the project is online here.

As he indicated in late February, Million has submitted a new application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the project, challenging the same agency’s previous rejection of the application by requesting a rehearing and clarification.

In the new document, Million says it would be prohibitively expensive to secure pipeline permits without first “confirming the locations of the associated hydroelectric facilities.” The application also claims that, for the purposes of the preliminary permit he’s seeking, “sufficient information and maps associated with the pipeline alignment have been provided to the Commission.” Continue reading

Feds reject Flaming Gorge pipeline proposal

Wet dreams ...

Energy agency says bid to bring water from Wyoming to Colorado is not ripe

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY— The proposal for bringing new water to the thirsty Front Range of Colorado was rejected as “premature” this week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, subject to a potential rehearing. The original Federal Register notice for the project is online here.

The 560-mile pipeline, formally called the Regional Water Supply Project, could potentially transport up to 250,000 acre feet of water from the Green River Basin in Wyoming to Colorado. It was proposed by water speculator Aaron Million as a way of bringing water to Denver-area suburbs that don’t have sustainable long-term water supply. Continue reading

Colorado River District opposes Flaming Gorge pipeline

The Green River in southwestern Wyoming. PHOTO COURTESY USGS.

Opposition to proposed Regional Water Supply Project continues to build

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Just a few days after conservation groups filed their comments against the proposed Flaming Gorge Reservoir pipeline, the Colorado River District has also gone on record as formally opposing the project with a a motion to intervene.

According to the River District’s motion, the project is speculative and, thus far, none of the projected users have shown an ability to pay for the expensive project.

The 560-mile pipeline, formally called the Regional Water Supply Project, could potentially transport up to 250,000 acre feet of water from the Green River Basin in Wyoming to the Colorado Front Range. Continue reading

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