March 16, 2007
Contact: Mike Stiewig 307-367-3991
Rey Adame 307-352-0399
Jonah Interagency Mitigation and Reclamation Office Receives Second Round of Off-Site Project Applications
The Jonah Interagency Mitigation and Reclamation Office (JIO) received 14 new project applications for review in its second round of off-site mitigation project proposals. Off-site mitigation projects are intended to enhance landscape areas impacted by Jonah Infill development.
In addition, two projects were deferred from the first cycle for consideration, bringing the total number of projects being evaluated to 16 with a potential expenditure of greater than $5 million. Project evaluation and selection should be completed in May.
The JIO was created by the Jonah Infill Project Record of Decision (ROD) to provide overall on- and off-site management of field monitoring and mitigation activities. To perform these functions, the JIO manages a $24.5 million monitoring and mitigation fund donated by EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc.
"We look closely at all of the applications to ensure they meet JIO’s off-site mitigation goals. If so, further evaluation is conducted to select the most appropriate projects within funding limitations," said Mike Stiewig, JIO Project Coordinator.
A 2007 Project Table (http://ww.wy.blm.gov/jonah_office/projects/2007project_table.pdf) is available on the JIO web site that provides a summary of each of the project proposals being considered.
For more information on the JIO, please call Mike Stiewig at 307-360-6971, or visit: http://ww.wy.blm.gov/jonah_office/.