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Hearings set on proposed oil pipeline

Local meeting sites in Mill Creek, Snoqualmie

pipeline hearings The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will hold public meetings to receive public comment on the scope of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for a proposed petroleum products pipeline.
   Meetings will take place locally Wednesday, Mar.13, at Jackson High School, 1508 136th St. SE, Mill Creek; and Thursday, Mar. 14, at Snoqualmie Middle School, 9200 Railroad Ave. SE, Snoqualmie, both beginning at 5 p.m. with an open house providing information about the project, followed by a land use hearing and public comment at 7 p.m.
   The 227-mile underground pipeline, proposed by the Olympic Pipe Line Company of Renton, would connect with an existing system at Thrasher's Corner just north of the King-Snohomish County line near Woodinville, and extend from western to eastern Washington, carrying petroleum products through Snohomish, King, Kittitas, Grant, Adams, and Franklin counties.
   EFSEC is now beginning its evaluation of Olympic Pipe Line's application for certification. An EIS is being prepared jointly under the state and National Environmental Policy Acts by EFSEC and cooperating federal agencies.
   The EIS process will begin with agency and public input on the proposal at the hearings, and EFSEC will determine consistency of the project with the affected jurisdictions' land use policies, complying with both SEPA and NEPA requirements. Agencies and the public are being asked for comment at the meetings about issues and alternatives they would like to see addressed in the EIS.
   Written scoping comments are also invited. Comments can be mailed or faxed by 5 p.m. Apr. 15 to: Allen Fiksdal, Project Manager, Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, P.O. Box 43172, Olympia, Washington, 98054-3172, fax: (360) 956-2158; or Steve Johnson, Federal Project Manager, United States Forest Service, 42404 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, Washington, 98045, fax: (206) 888-1910.
   Anyone interested in learning more about the state's review of the project may contact Fiksdal at (360) 956-2152. To learn more about the federal review, contact Johnson at (206) 888-1421.

Key elements of the proposed Cross Cascade Pipeline Project
   As proposed, the project includes: