March 3, 2006
Contact: Mary L. Wilson
Rawlins BLM Announces Scoping on Draft EIS for
Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Development
Bureau of Land Management’s Rawlins Field Office today issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and is conducting scoping for the Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Project, in Carbon and Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming.
In April 2005, Devon Energy Corporation, representing themselves and other lease holders, send BLM a proposal to drill and develop up to 1,250 wells and associated facilities. The Devon proposal was named “Creston/Blue Gap II Natural Gas Project.” Then, in November 2005, the BLM received a proposal from BP America Production Company, representing themselves and other lease holders, to drill and develop up to 7,700 wells and associated facilities within a portion of the Continental Divide/Wamsutter II Natural Gas Project area, adjacent to the Creston/Blue Gap II EIS area.
After reviewing BP’s proposal the Bureau of Land Management stopped processing the Creston/Blue Gap II EIS and combined the two proposals into a new project entitled “Continental Divide – Creston Natural Gas Project.” BLM determined that an EIS is necessary to process this proposal. The combined proposal includes 8,950 natural gas wells including 100 to 500 coal bed natural gas wells. The project area encompasses approximately 1.1 million acres of mixed Federal, State, and private lands within the boundaries of the Rawlins Field Office. Wells would be developed using a combination of both vertical and directional drilling techniques.
A 15-year construction period with a 30 to 40 year life of project development and operational period is proposed. The new project area is located approximately 25 air miles west of the city of Rawlins, Carbon and Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming. This project would meet the goals and objectives of the President’s National Energy Plan, which includes diversifying domestic energy supplies, improving and accelerating environmental protection and strengthening America’s energy security.
The 60-day scoping period on the EIS concludes on May 5, 2006. The Scoping Notice may be viewed at http://www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/nepadocs.htm
The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed project in writing and at a open house/public scoping meeting which will be held on Thursday, Apr.6, at the Jeffrey Center, at Third & Spruce in Rawlins, Wyo., from 5 to 8 p.m. Written comments on the draft EIS will be accepted until Friday, May 5, 2006, and may be submitted by mail to:
Eldon Allison, Co-Lead
Rawlins Field Office
P.O. Box 2407
Rawlins, WY 82301,
or via email at: Continental_Divide_Creston_WYMail@blm.gov