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April 10, 2009

Contact:  
   Lorraine Keith, 307-352-0399
   Tim Zebulske, 307-367-5336

Pinedale BLM Seeks Public Comment on 
the Proposed Jonah 3D Geophysical Survey

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office is seeking comments on a proposal to conduct geophysical exploration operations on approximately 170 square miles (108,800 acres) of public lands in southern Sublette County, Wyo.

The project area straddles U.S. Highway 191 just south of State Highway 351 in the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah gas fields, and includes lands managed by the BLM Pinedale and Rock Springs Field Offices.

The exploration operations would be primarily conducted by buggy-type vibrators (95%), however, articulated buggy drills or heli-drills could be used on the remainder of the project based on environmental conditions. The information gathered from these operations would facilitate industry’s evaluation of the mineral resource, thus reducing the potential for non-productive wells and optimizing the positioning of wells drilled in the future.

The project documents can be viewed at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/pfodocs/jonah3d.html.

Comments must be postmarked by May 9, 2009. Please submit comments to: Jonah 3D Project, Bureau of Land Management, Pinedale Field Office, P.O. Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941, or email: pinedale_wymail@blm.gov. Be sure to include the phrase “Jonah 3D Project” in the subject line. Faxes will not be accepted.

For more information please contact the BLM Pinedale Field Office, 1625 West Pine Street, PO Box 768, Pinedale, WY 82941, 307-367-5300.

The BLM manages more land - 258 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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