U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
|Release Date: 10/13/10|
BLM Hosts Open Houses for Uranium Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander and Casper field offices will host a series of open houses to discuss a proposed uranium project in Fremont and Natrona counties.
Cameco Resources proposes to conduct in situ recovery (ISR) uranium exploration and development in the Gas Hills area, approximately 50 miles east of Riverton and 85 miles west of Casper. The project area includes 7,940 acres of federal surface (including 8,006 of federal mineral), 161 acres of state and 394 acres of private lands. This area has been a uranium district since the early 1950s.
Over the anticipated 25 year life of the project, surface disturbance will be limited to the construction of water wells, buried water pipelines, single-lane gravel access roads and small buildings for well-head manifold control equipment.
The open houses will provide the public an opportunity to review the proposal and project information. BLM resource specialists and the project proponent will be available to provide information, answer questions and receive public comments. Comment forms will be available for later written response.
The BLM will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze Cameco’s proposed project. Project information and documents can be viewed at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/lfodocs/gashills.html.
Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed EIS. Written comments should be received by December 15 and may be emailed to: Gas_Hills_Uranium_EIS_WY@BLM.gov or mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, Attn: Kristin Yannone, Project Manager, P.O. Box 589, Lander, WY 82520. Comments will also be accepted at the open houses.
For more information, please contact Kristin Yannone, BLM Project Leader, at 307-332-8400, or visit the Lander website at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/lfodocs/gashills.html.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. 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.
Lander Field Office 1335 Main Lander, WY 82520-0589
|Last updated: 01-11-2011|
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