The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect (EA/AEF) to analyze the effects of issuing a special use permit to perform pipeline maintenance within Arches National Park. The current permit for the maintenance of the pipeline expires in December 2009. This EA/AEF will be prepared to address the impact that the pipeline maintenance may have on the natural and cultural resources of the park and will analyze foreseeable maintenance needs over the next 5-years and will identify mitigation actions necessary to prevent impacts to park resources.

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need/develop preliminary alternatives
Step 2. Conduct external scoping
Step 3. Refine alternatives
Step 4. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alternative
Step 5. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 6. Public review of draft plan/environmental document *
Step 7. Analysis of public comment
Step 8. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 9. Release final plan/decision document to the public