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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/14/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307/347-5207    

BLM Worland Seeks Input on Proposed Bentonite Mining Project


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed bentonite mining project near Greybull, Wyo.

M-I SWACO, LLC., proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation on public land located approximately 17 miles east of Greybull in Big Horn County. M-I SWACO has been mining in the area since the 1960s and proposes to extend its bentonite mining operations onto federal lands by a maximum of four acres over a period of five years.

The Worland Field Office is preparing to analyze the impacts of the proposed project and public input will enable staff to develop a well-informed environmental assessment. This initial public scoping period runs from June 16 through July 15, 2011. Comments may be emailed to worland_wymail@blm.gov; please include "M-I SWACO" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to AFM Minerals and Lands, BLM Worland Field Office, P.O. Box 119, Worland, WY 82401.

Information, including a map of the area, can be found on the website at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/miswaco.html. The plan of operations submitted by M-I SWACO is available for review at the Worland Field Office, 101 S. 23rd Street in Worland.

For more information, please contact BLM Geologist Marilyn Wegweiser at 307-347-5100.



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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Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 06-14-2011