A plan to get water to Colorado’s Front Range is back on the table, although a coalition of ten conservation groups is hoping the plan is short lived. After being dropped by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers earlier this year, The Flaming Gorge Pipeline proposal is sitting before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The proposal calls for billions of gallons of water from Wyoming's Green River to be piped to Colorado. Duane Short with the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in Laramie is a spokesman for the coalition, which has filed to intervene.
Short says the list of objections is long, and includes violations of the Endangered Species Act and landscape destruction to build the pipeline, as well as downstream impacts of removing so much water from the Green River, which connects to the Colorado River in Utah.
The company proposing the pipeline, Wyco Power and Water Inc., has touted its job-creation benefits and hydro-power construction plans. Short claims the hydro-power was only added so FERC would look at the permit. He says the project will use much more power than it generates, because the water has to be pumped uphill across Wyoming and over the Continental Divide. The developer also recently announced some of the water would be used for hydraulic fracturing.