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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/30/11
Contacts: Serena Baker,    
  307-212-0197    

Decision Released on Catalina PODs G & I Proposed Atlantic Rim Natural Gas Wells


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office released an environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and decision record (DR) on a proposal by Double Eagle Petroleum Company to develop 51 coal bed natural gas wells within the boundaries of the Atlantic Rim Project Area.  

The project is being called Catalina Plans of Development (PODs) G & I, and entails 48 coal bed natural gas wells, and three water reinjection wells located on 4,242 acres of public, private, and state land approximately 35 miles southwest of Rawlins, Wyo. In addition to the development of new wells and well pads, this proposal would also include implementation of new roads, pipelines, and utilities. Portions of the project are within year-round crucial winter range for pronghorn antelope and mule deer. 

The notice of availability, EA and FONSI were made available for public comment in January-February 2011. All substantive comments concerning potential impacts were addressed in the EA and are detailed in the errata. The EA is also tiered to, and the DR adopts, all mitigation measures, best management practices and operator committed practices found in the Atlantic Rim Natural Gas Development Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and record of decision signed March 2007. In addition, the DR restricts or halts development activities, construction, and drilling within identified big game migration corridors during key spring and fall seasons. The DR is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is outlined in the document. For more information, visit: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/atlantic_rim/ea/catalina.html. For specific questions contact Project Lead David Simons, (307) 328-4200. 



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: 06-30-2011