June 16, 2006
Contact: Mary L. Wilson 307-328-4329
Carol Anne Murray 307-332-8448
Scoping Announced for Coalbed Natural Gas Pilot Project near Riverton
The Bureau of Land Management’s Lander Field Office is conducting scoping in preparation for an environmental assessment on a pilot coalbed natural gas project near Riverton. The 30-day scoping period begins today, and will continue through July 21. A public scoping meeting will be held in Riverton at the Holiday Inn, 900 E. Sunset Drive, July 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and learn about this energy development project.
The Beaver Creek Pilot Project, proposed by Devon Energy Corporation, will consist of 20 coal bed natural gas (CBNG) wells within an 1,800-acre project area of the Beaver Creek Oil and Gas Field just south of Riverton. The company estimates total disturbance of the area will be kept to about 114 acres, or 6.5% of the field.
The purpose of the 20-well pilot project is to provide Devon Energy Corporation with the information about the coalbed formation prior to embarking on full field development. This information would include the commercial viability of extracting coal bed natural gas in this part of the Beaver Creek Field, the quantity of produced water over time, and the quality of the produced water. This information will be necessary to evaluate the potential future beneficial uses of the water.
The company has proposed two disposal methods for the water. One is to dispose of the water in two, eight acre evaporation ponds; the other is to reinject the water.
Further information and scoping documents may be obtained at: www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/lfodocs/beavercreek
Written comments will be accepted through July 21 and may be sent to:
Carol Anne Murray, Project Manager
Lander Field Office
P.O. Box 589
Lander, WY 82520
Or via email to: Lander_WYMail@blm.gov