U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Buffalo Field Office
|Release Date: 06/22/12|
BLM Buffalo Field Office Announces Public Review of the Plan of Operations for the North Fork Bentonite Mining Project in Johnson County
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office announces the availability of a plan of operations for the proposed North Fork bentonite mining project northwest of Kaycee, Wyo.
Black Hills Bentonite, LLC, proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and reclamation on public lands located approximately 12 miles northwest of Kaycee, in Johnson County. Bentonite mining has been conducted in this area since the 1950s.
This project encompasses 120 acres, which includes 80 acres of public lands. All proposed disturbance of approximately 18 acres will be on public lands; no private or state lands are proposed to be disturbed. This project area also comprises the North Fork Amendment (NFA) to their current Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) Permit to Mine 339C.
Over the anticipated nine-year life of the project, surface disturbance on public lands will be limited to constructing mining areas and access roads, mining bentonite, and reclaiming these areas and features.
The BLM has been working with other agencies in permitting this project, including WDEQ, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Approval of the NFA to their WDEQ Permit to Mine 339C is also being processed.
To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, BLM has made this information available for viewing for 30 days at the Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, Wyoming, and on the project web page at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/bfo/Black_Hills_Bentonite_North_Fork.html.
Written comments will be accepted until July 23, 2012. Comments can be mailed to the address above, attention Kerry Aggen, Geologist, or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: North Fork Bentonite Mine Plan, WYW-168310.
This 30-day public review will initiate the environmental review process for this project. The environmental review will include effects from the entire area included in Permit to Mine 339C, as well as other bentonite mining in the area. However, the main emphasis will be on the public lands within the North Fork plan of operations area, as that is the limit of BLM’s administrative authority in this project.
For further information, please contact Kerry Aggen, Geologist, at (307)684-1196 or email@example.com.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Buffalo Field Office 1425 Fort Street Buffalo, WY 82834
|Last updated: 06-22-2012|
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