Washington, DC – The Bush Administration is proposing more than 6,000 miles of "energy corridors" for future pipelines and transmission lines in the West.
The 3,500 foot wide corridors would cross through dozens of sensitive lands in 11 western states. Federal officials say the routes are needed to keep pace with the region's growing population and its increasing oil and gas production.
But environmental groups say it could allow industrial projects to be carved through some fo the most scenic open lands in the country.
That includes routes through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, the foothills of the Organ Mountains in New Mexico and Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area here in Wyoming.