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March 27, 2008

Contact: Jen Klinesmith
307-367-5328

JIO Receives Third Round of Project Applications

The Jonah Interagency Mitigation and Reclamation Office (JIO) received 30 new project applications, for a total of over $22 million in funding, in its third round of off-site mitigation project proposals. The off-site mitigation projects are intended to mitigate resources impacted by Jonah Infill development. Project evaluation and selection should be completed by the end of May.

Additionally, the JIO will no longer establish deadlines for accepting project applications. Future projects will be evaluated on a first-come/first-served basis and can be submitted at any time for consideration. 

"We look closely at all of the applications to ensure they meet JIO’s off-site mitigation goals and requirements. If so, further evaluation is conducted to select the most appropriate projects within funding limitations," said Ted Rentmeister, JIO Project Coordinator.   

The JIO was created by the Jonah Project Record of Decision to provide overall management of field monitoring and mitigation activities, both on and off site, through a $24.5 million dollar fund from EnCana Oil and Gas (USA), Inc. and BP American Production Co.

A 2008 Project Table that provides a summary of all the applications received and the amount requested is available on the JIO web site www.wy.blm.gov/jonah_office/projects/2008proposals.pdf.

For more information, please contact Ted Rentmeister at (307) 367-5363, or visit: www.wy.blm.gov/jonah_office/.

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