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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
 
Release Date: 07/27/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith,    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Portion
of February 2012 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the environmental assessment (EA) for the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District portion of the February 2012 oil and gas lease parcel offering.

The initial list of parcels is derived from public nominations. The parcels are administered by the Cody, Lander and Worland field offices.

The draft EA, which includes the list of parcels, is available online at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/energy/Oil_and_Gas/Leasing.html. Three alternatives are analyzed: 1) No Action Alternative, under which no parcels would be offered for lease; 2) Proposed Action, under which all nominated parcels would be offered; and 3) Modified and Deferred, under which some nominated parcels or parts of parcels would be deferred pending additional analysis or stipulated to protect resource values.

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and help identify issues, concerns and mitigation opportunities. Comment may be emailed to worland_wymail@blm.gov with “February 2012 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Mail or deliver written comments to: Caleb Hiner, Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Office, 101 South 23rd Street, Worland, Wyoming, 82401. Comments will be accepted through the close of business on Aug. 26, 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 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.

For more information, please contact BLM Planning and Environmental Coordinator Caleb Hiner at 307-347-5100 or chiner@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: 07-27-2011