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November 28, 2007

Contact:
   Michele Easley (307) 828-4524
   Rey Adame (307) 352-0399

Kemmerer BLM Extends Moxa Arch Energy Development
Project Draft EIS Comment Period to Jan. 10, 2008

The Bureau of Land Management will extend the public comment period for the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The 60-day review and public comment period was slated to end December 10. “We saw the need to provide an additional 30 days for people to read, understand and provide their comments on this important project,” said Michele Easley, Moxa Arch EIS project lead.

The DEIS analyzes the environmental consequences of a proposed natural gas infill development and production operation on the 475,808-acre Moxa Arch project area. The project area is located in Lincoln, Sweetwater, and Uinta Counties in southwest Wyoming and includes mixed federal, state, and private lands. The operators’ proposed development plan involves drilling approximately 1,861 additional wells at the rate of about 186 wells per year, over a period of 10 years, or until the resource base is fully developed.

“We recently provided the public an opportunity to get additional information on the air quality analysis to this Draft EIS. We want the public to thoroughly review the data and the proposed alternatives and to provide comments to assist the BLM in identifying a preferred alternative,” said Ms. Easley.

The Moxa Arch DEIS analyzes four alternatives in detail:

  1. The Proposed Action Alternative
  2. Alternative A--The No Action/Low Development Alternative
  3. Alternative B--Full Field Development/Low Surface Disturbance
  4. Alternative C—Higher Field Development.

The agency has not identified a preferred alternative at this time.

The average anticipated life of a well is expected to be 40 years. The proposed project area has been identified as crucial winter range for antelope and elk. The area also provides habitat for sage grouse and white-tailed prairie dogs and their associated species.

The DEIS is available on the internet at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/kfodocs/moxa_arch.html. Public comment can submitted through standard mail or electronically at: kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov.

Requests for information may be sent electronically to: kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov with “Attention: Moxa Arch DEIS Information Request” in the subject line.

For more information, contact Michele Easley, Moxa Arch EIS project lead for the Kemmerer BLM Office at (307) 828-4524. 
 

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