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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
 
Release Date: 08/05/11
Contacts: Lesley Collins    
  307-261-7603    

Fortification Creek Decision Record and Approved RMPA Available from the BFO


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office released the Decision Record (DR) and Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) for the Fortification Creek Planning Area (FCPA) on Aug. 5.

The Fortification Creek Planning Area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyo. encompassing 100,655 acres. Fortification Creek is an area described as requiring special management in the Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Project Environmental Impact Statement (PRB EIS). It is home to a resident elk herd, a Wilderness Study Area (WSA), a citizen-proposed expansion to the WSA, a citizen-proposed Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), and has large areas of steep slopes and sensitive soils. Stipulations on many oil and gas leases in this area require the lessee to develop a plan to protect sensitive surface resources.

The DR approves Alternative III. CBNG development will be phased based on performance standards established to protect elk and their habitat and to protect highly erodible soils. An ACEC will not be established. Overhead power could extend across BLM surface along roads or within other disturbance corridors. Operators are responsible for achieving elk and reclamation performance standards in order for BLM to process applications for permit to drill (APDs).

BFO released the proposed RMPA on March 18, 2011. One protest was received from the Powder River Basin Resource Council and a coalition of conservation organizations. The BLM Director addressed and dismissed the protest with no changes recommended to the amendment decision. The decision of the BLM Director is the final decision of the Department of the Interior and exhausts internal appeal opportunities.

Copies of the DR and approved RMPA will be available online at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/bfo/fortification_creek.html, at the Buffalo Field Office, and local libraries.

For more information, contact Thomas Bills at (307) 684-1133.



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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 08-05-2011