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Elko District Office
Release Date: 08/15/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-063

Noble Energy proposes seismic surveys on public land

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office is releasing for public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) on proposed 3D seismic surveys by Noble Energy (Noble) in the Huntington Valley area 21 miles south of Elko as part of its oil and gas exploration lease.

Operations are proposed to take place during the fall once all permits and approvals are obtained. The seismic survey will take approximately 60 days to complete once operations begin. The project area is located on approximately 63,000 acres on public and private lands in Elko County.

The use of a 3D seismic survey accurately images reflected waves by utilizing multiple points of observation in an effort to discover oil and gas deposits. A grid of geophones, used to record the vibrations caused by the vibration trucks, and seismic source impact points, locations where the trucks will be stationed, will be deployed at 165-foot intervals. Noble proposes to have 16 to 20 receiver lines at one time. The result is a volume, or cube, of seismic data sampled from a range of different angles and distances. The geophones and impact points will be placed by foot, all-terrain vehicles and/or trucks.

The EA is available for review at until Aug. 30, 2013. Comments may be mailed to 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801, faxed to (775) 753-0255, or e-mailed to Tom Schmidt, project lead, at

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 08-20-2013