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September 10, 2008

Contact:
   Bill Lanning 307-367-5318
   Lorraine Keith 307-352-0399

BLM Hosts Open House on the Rand’s Butte Project

The Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office (BLM) is asking the public for help identifying concerns over support facilities for the development of a new methane and helium recovery facility (M&HRF) located on approximately 618 acres of BLM, state and private lands east of Big Piney, Wyo. 

The open house on the proposed support facilities will be held at the Marbleton Town Hall, 10700 Highway 189, Marbleton, Wyo., from 3:00 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008.

The State of Wyoming has granted Cimarex Energy, Inc. (Cimarex) a Wyoming Special Use Lease for development of a new methane and helium recovery facility to be located on State lands near Riley Ridge, east of Big Piney, Wyo. The project would test new technology in processing a sour gas (mixture of hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, natural gas, and helium). The hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) would then be re-injected back into the rock formation to protect human health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions usually associated with of this type gas field. The project would then provide natural gas and helium to consumers.

Public input is important in establishing the necessary level and scope of the environmental analysis. The public is encouraged to participate in the scoping process to help identify issues or concerns that should be analyzed, mitigation opportunities, and any other comments or ideas to help ensure the best possible plan. It is especially helpful to have written scoping comments.

Comments are due by close-of-business on October 10, 2008. For more information please contact Bill Lanning at: 307-367-5318. The complete scoping notice is available online at: www.blm.gov/wy/en/info/NEPA/pfodocs/RandsButte.html.

Please submit your comments to:

Chuck Otto, Field Manager 
BLM Pinedale Field Office
PO Box 768
Pinedale, Wyoming 82941
Fax: 307-367-5329
Email: pinedale_wymail@blm.gov

Public comments and information submitted on this project including names, e-mail addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays.  Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individual identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

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