August 29, 2007
Contact: Ann Perkins
BLM Releases Decision Record/Finding of
No Significant Impact for Red Point Seismic Project
The Bureau of Land Management, Cody Field Office, has issued a Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Red Point 3D Seismic Exploration Project.
The Bill Barrett Corporation has been authorized to conduct seismic/geophysical exploration in a 44 square mile area, approximately 22 miles east of Cody, north of State Highway 14, 16, 20, in Park County. The seismic exploration will enlist technologies including vibroseis (ground vibrating “buggies”) and buried charges placed by either heli-portable or ground based equipment. Project duration is expected to be 90 days.
Mitigation measures were written into the project to address resource concerns identified both internally and through public participation. Helicopters will maintain a .5 mile buffer from wild horses. The buffer may be increased if necessary based on monitoring by the BLM and the operators. Additionally, shot holes will not be drilled within 50 feet of active prairie dog colonies or within 200 feet of water wells or springs. An alternative water source (trough) has been added for the wild horses in the event normal watering areas are not available due to a combination of seismic operations and drought.
The Cody Field Office released an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the project to the public for a 30-day review on July 17. The Decision Record, which includes public comments made during review of the EA, is posted on the Cody Field Office website at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/nepadocs07.html.
For further information contact Ann Perkins at 307-578-5928.