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February 7, 2008

Contacts
    Heather Feeney (202) 452-5031
    Cindy Wertz (307) 775-6014

Public Meeting Will Provide Information on 
BLM Oil Shale Planning

The Bureau of Land Management will host an open house public meeting on Feb. 11, 2008 at the Holiday Inn, Cheyenne, to offer information about the Draft Resource Management Plan Amendments and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS) for oil shale and tar sands resources in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The Draft PEIS was published on December 21, 2007 and is open for public comment through March 20, 2008.

The first session will begin at 2 p.m. and run until 4 p.m., with a second session scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Specialists in various topics addressed in the Draft PEIS will staff information stations arranged around the meeting room, offering those attending the open house an opportunity to ask questions about the document and the planning process.

Computer terminals will be available at the open house for submitting written comments through the PEIS project website, http://ostseis.anl.gov . There will be no means to submit or record oral comments at the meeting. Written comments may be submitted at any time through March 20, 2008 through the website or by mail to: BLM Oil Shale and Tar Sands PEIS, Argonne National Laboratory EVS/900, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne IL 60439.

The BLM is developing the PEIS pursuant to direction in Section 369(d) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Act declares oil shale and other unconventional fuels to be strategically important domestic energy sources that should be developed to reduce the Nation’s growing dependence on imported oil. Most U.S. oil shale resources are found in the Green River Formation of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The federally owned portion of this resource is more than 50 times the country’s proven conventional oil reserves and nearly five times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia.

The complete Draft PEIS is available in electronic form (PDF) on the project website, http://ostseis.anl.gov . Paper and CD-ROM copies of the Draft are also available at the BLM State Offices in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming; and BLM Field Offices in Vernal, Price, Richfield and Monticello, Utah; Meeker, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, Colo; and Kemmerer, Rawlins and Rock Springs, Wyo.

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