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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Vernal Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/07/13
Contacts: Stephanie Howard, (435) 781-4469    

Bureau of Land Management Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Salt Water Disposal Well


Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Vernal Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) that evaluates drilling a salt water disposal well on an existing well pad. 
 
Under the proposal, Gasco Energy Inc. would drill a well, install two production tanks, and two 10-inch pipelines for 9,691 feet along existing access roads on lands in northeast Utah.  If approved, the project would provide for subsurface disposal of water produced as a byproduct from ongoing oil and gas operations in the area. 
 
Additional information about the proposed project is included in the EA.  An electronic copy of the EA can be found on the Vernal Field Office website at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html
 
The public review and comment period for this EA closes June 24, 2013.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information.  Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response, but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Gasco Salt Water Disposal Well” when submitting comments. 
 
Written comments should be mailed by June 24, 2013 to:
 
Bureau of Land Management
Attn: Stephanie Howard
Vernal Field Office
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
 
Comments may also be submitted via email to:
BLM_UT_Vernal_Comments@blm.gov

Before including your address, phone number, email 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 will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety. 

For further information, please contact Stephanie Howard at (435)781-4469. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.
 
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Vernal Field Office   170 South 500 East      Vernal, UT 84078  

Last updated: 06-07-2013