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May 29, 2008

Contact:
  Caleb Hiner
  307-367-5352 

BLM Announces New PAWG Members

The Secretary of Interior has appointed three new members to the Bureau of Land Management's Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG).

Scott Smith, Callie Poletti Domek, and Chris Corlis will serve on the PAWG for a two-year term. Smith will serve as the State of Wyoming Representative, with Poletti and Corlis representing the public-at-large.

Caleb Hiner, BLM’s PAWG coordinator said, "The diversity and expertise that these appointees will bring to the PAWG will strengthen the advisory group."

The PAWG was established as an advisory group to provide recommendations to the BLM on the monitoring and mitigation of impacts associated with oil and gas development on the Pinedale Anticline, a natural gas field located in Sublette County, Wyo. Members must reside in Wyoming and represent the State of Wyoming, Sublette County, the Town of Pinedale, oil and gas operators, the environmental community, the public at large, livestock operators and adjacent landowners.

BLM is currently soliciting nominations to serve on the PAWG to represent Sublette County, the Town of Pinedale, the oil and gas operators, the environmental community, the livestock operators, and the adjacent landowners. Additional information on how to nominate a person to serve on the PAWG can be obtained by contacting the BLM Pinedale Field Office at (307) 367-5300 or on the web at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale.html. Nominations for these positions will be accepted until June 20, 2008.

The PAWG also has seven task groups that focus on air, water, reclamation, cultural/historical, transportation and socioeconomic issues. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to contact the BLM Pinedale Field Office.

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