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Converse County O&G Project

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office (CFO) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Douglas Ranger District (DRD) are preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Converse County Oil and Gas Project (Converse County EIS) which may include land use plan amendments to the Casper Resource Management Plan (RMP) and/or the USFS Thunder Basin National Grasslands (TBNG) Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP).

A group of companies propose to drill approximately 5,000 oil and natural gas wells in Converse County in an area encompassing approximately 1.5 million acres over a 10-year period. The proposed project area encompasses approximately 88,000 surface acres (six percent of the project area) and 965,000 subsurface mineral acres (64 percent of the project area) of public lands administered by the BLM CFO. The USFS DRD manages approximately 64,000 acres of surface (four percent) in the project area. The remainder of the project area consists of State of Wyoming or private surface (90 percent) and mineral (36 percent) ownerships.

The Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS and possible amendments to the Casper RMP and TBNG LRMP was published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2014, initiating a 45-day public scoping period which will end on June 30, 2014. Comments received during the scoping period will be considered during the development of the EIS.

FY 2014

Converse County Oil and Gas Project EIS
BLM Casper Field Office
Mike Robinson, Project Manager
2987 Prospector Drive
Casper, Wyoming 82604