This Record of Decision documents my decision to select a modified version of the Proposed Action described in the October 2000 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) titled Changes to the Existing Yellowstone Pipeline between Thompson Falls and Kingston. I have not included one proposed reroute in my decision because it would be solely on private land, and my decision can only apply to National Forest System lands.

My decision includes ground-disturbing activities primarily in the Prospect Creek drainage west of Thompson Falls, Montana, plus one stream crossing on the Coeur d’Alene River between Prichard and Kingston, Idaho. My decision also includes changes to pipeline right-of-way operational terms and conditions on National Forest System lands under special-use permit between Thompson Falls and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

In summary, my decision requires:,/p>

  • Seven separate relocations, to move the pipeline away from Prospect Creek for a total of about seven miles;
  • One stream crossing repair on the Coeur d’Alene River;
  • Removal of at least 2.6 miles of abandoned pipe;
  • Mitigation measures for both construction and operations to improve protection of the environment and public safety.

These requirements will be implemented as revisions to the special-use permit held by the Yellowstone Pipe Line Company. The reroutes, stream crossing repair, and abandoned pipe removal will be accomplished within three years of this decision. The elements of my decision are displayed in more detail below under the section captioned “Decision (Selected Alternative).”,/p>