|March 2, 2006|
Contact: Rey Adame 307-352-0399
James Roberts 307-828-4506
Tear 3-D Geophysical Project
Fairways Offshore Exploration Inc. and Green River Energy Resources have filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Conduct Geophysical Operations with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Kemmerer Field Office, for a geophysical project on public lands within Lincoln County, Wyoming. This is the beginning of the environmental analysis process to fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The proposed project is located approximately eight miles northeast of the town of Woodruff Narrows and one mile north of the Uinta Lincoln County line. The project area extends from approximately Carter Creek at the southeastern corner and Pocket Reservoir on the northwestern corner and would encompass about 25.31 square miles (16,198.4 acres) total area. The project area contains approximately 17.11 square miles of federal land, about 1.98 square miles of state land, and approximately 6.22 square miles of privately owned land within Townships 19 and 20 North, Ranges 119 and 120 West. Those portions of the project occurring on state and private lands are not subject to BLM authorization and would be permitted separately by PGS Onshore.
The following issues and concerns have been identified by the BLM to date. It is not meant to be an all-inclusive list, but rather a starting point for public input and a means of identifying the resource disciplines needed to conduct the analysis:
- Raptor nesting habitat
- Greater sage-grouse habitat
- Big game winter ranges
- Pygmy Rabbit habitat
- Steep slopes
- Riparian areas
- Cultural resources
- Native American religious sites
- Paleological rock outcrops
- Abandoned mines
- Underground utilities and other facilities
- Road crossings
- Hunting areas and other recreation
- Sensitive soils
- Sensitive plant species
- Steep slopes
- Threatened and Endangered Species
The proposed project will use vehicles such as trucks, vans, a helicopter, ATVs, and support equipment tractor trailers and fuel trucks. A helicopter and specialists on foot would be used to deploy recording equipment to predetermined locations on the receiver lines. There would be 31 parallel receiver lines.
The proposed receiver lines are positioned in a southeast-northwest array oriented perpendicular to the source lines with receiver lines separated by 880 feet. Source arrays will be deployed in a brick pattern between the receiver lines and spaced at a distance of 1760 feet apart for approximately 1800 source point locations. This configuration may be modified due to topographic constraints or other obstacles.
The proposed project would use shot holes as an energy source where terrain allows. Shot holes will be drilled with either the track drill, buggy mounted drill (where terrain allows) or heliportible drills in steep slopes and in areas with resource concerns. The proposed project will require 60-90 days to complete all operations. All drill holes will be filled and tamped with bentonite and cuttings as per Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission regulations.
Shots will be detonated individually within the 12-line groups of receiver stations and according to operational logistics. Once recording operations are begun it is anticipated that the project would be completed within 30 to 45 days.
Public input is important in establishing the level and scope of the analysis. The public is encouraged to participate in the environmental analysis process to help identify the level of analysis needed, alternatives to the proposed action, other issues or concerns that should be analyzed, mitigation opportunities, and any other comments or ideas to help ensure the completeness of the analysis process. If you are interested in participating in the process and have concerns, issues, or alternatives you would like to see addressed, please respond with your written comments by March 15, 2006.
Written comments in response to this notice, including the names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BLM Kemmerer Field Office during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.) weekdays (except federal holidays) after the comment period closes. These comments may be published as part of the environmental process although individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name and/or address from public view or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. You have been included in this mailing because you previously indicated interest in receiving information on actions of this type. Absence of response in this matter will remove you from further communications regarding this project.
The BLM will accept comments until March 15, 2006. Written comments should be mailed to:
Kemmerer Field Office
312 Highway 189 North
Kemmerer, Wyoming 83101
Email: Kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov (Please reference the Tear 3D Project in the subject field)
If you would like to receive a copy of the environmental document or if you have any questions regarding this project, please contact James Roberts at (307) 828-4506 or reply to either addresses listed above.
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