On Thursday, a feasibility permit for the Flaming Gorge pipeline was shot down by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The pipeline, which was set to take 81 billion gallons of water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, the body of water that feeds the Green River, would supply water to the Front Range of Colorado.
Because allowing the pipeline would be a blow for one of the most famous fisheries in the west, the Green River, anglers and conservationists are optimistic. “We’re pleased that FERC has dismissed this application, but this project is unlikely to just go away,” said TU’s Walt Gasson, longtime Wyoming resident and conservationist. “Anyone concerned about Wyoming’s water should remain on high alert. Yogi Berra once said, ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ And it ain’t over yet.”
Although the permit was dismissed, it is not the end of the project. Developer Aaron Million, who is behind the project, has the option to re-work the application and resubmit it.