Date: February 25, 2008
Contact: Marilyn Krause (406) 533-7617
Agencies Evaluate Geophysical Exploration Proposal
Green River Energy Resources, a geophysical exploration company based in Nevada, has filed a Notice of Intent to conduct operations on state and federal land directly west of Lima, Montana.
The proposal calls for seismic testing along 26 linear miles divided into three separate seismic lines, with a shot hole every 220 feet along each line to a depth of 60 feet. The seismic lines are comprised of 13.4 miles of Forest Service, 6.8 miles of Bureau of Land Management, and 5.9 miles of State owned lands.
According to the proposal, drilling buggies would be used in flat terrain while “heliportable” drills would be used on slopes greater than 15%. Drill operators would walk or be flown by helicopter between holes. Shot holes would be plugged according to Montana Oil and Gas Commission standards.
Vehicles will be limited to existing roads and trails and no off-road traffic will be allowed with the exception of the buggy drills in suitable terrain and limited use of all-terrain vehicles for troubleshooting equipment. The company plans to complete the exploration in the spring/summer of 2008.
The agencies are in the process of “scoping” the public to determine what issues and concerns should be analyzed in the environmental review. Public comments will be used to determine the appropriate level of review and determine whether impacts for the proposal would be considered significant.
For a map and supplemental information, contact Robert Gunderson at the BLM, Dillon Field Office, 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon, Montana 59725, or calling 683-8000, or email MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov. Please reference the Green River Energy project in the subject field. Issues and concerns should be submitted by March 30, 2008, to be included in the environmental review.