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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wind River/Bighorn Basin
 
Release Date: 01/07/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Portion
of August 2011 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels


The BLM is seeking public comment on the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District portion of the August 2011 oil and gas lease parcel offering.

The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations within the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District contains 38 individual parcels (totaling 60,439 acres). Three parcels are located within the Cody Field Office, one within the Lander Field Office and 34 are in the Worland Field Office. They are offered in compliance with the Grass Creek Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision (ROD) approved in 1998, the Washakie RMP ROD approved in 1988, the Cody RMP ROD approved in 1990 and the Lander RMP ROD approved in 1986.

The draft EA is available online at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/energy/Oil_and_Gas/Leasing.html. Three alternatives are analyzed: under Alternative 1, offer all 38 parcels (60,439 acres) for sale with no recommended deferrals; under Alternative 2, the Selected Alternative, 29 parcels (37,163 acres) would be offered with a recommendation to defer 9 parcels and partially defer five parcels (23,276 acres) from the August 2011 Lease Sale; and under Alternative C, the No Action, no parcels would be offered for lease.

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and help identify issues, concerns, and mitigation opportunities not covered in the EA. Email comments to lander_wymail@blm.gov with “August 2011 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Mail written comments to: Stuart Cerovski, Lander Field Office, P.O. Box 589, Lander, WY, 8220. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 6, 2011.

The public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, email addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the Lander Field Office at 1335 Main Street 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 are 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, are made available for public inspection in their entirety.

For more information, please contact Resource Advisor Stuart Cerovski at (307) 332-8400 or email scerovsk@blm.gov.



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: 01-07-2011