U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
|Release Date: 08/21/13|
BLM Rawlins Seeks Comment on Endurance/Barricade Gas Infrastructure Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is launching a public comment period on an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposal by Samson Resources Co. and Mountain Gas Resources, LLC to construct new access roads, two pipelines, two compressor stations, and install a high and low pressure loop pipeline in the Desolation Flats Natural Gas Field.
The Endurance/Barricade Gas Infrastructure Project encompasses approximately 42,240 acres of primarily public land with a small amount of state owned land, approximately 25 miles southwest of Wamsutter, Wyo. in Sweetwater County. The proposal includes constructing a more direct access road to the Endurance and Barricade Units from the Wamsutter production area which proponents claim would reduce travel by approximately 120 miles each direction resulting in greater fuel efficiency, decreased dust emission, and provide a route not threatened by flooding from nearby Sand Creek. In an effort to reduce surface disturbance, the two new pipelines (one 16-inch and one 20-inch) would be co-located along the new access road. Total surface disturbance is anticipated to be approximately 495 acres with the life of the project estimated to be 30 years.
The project area is located near the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area, encompasses big game crucial range for pronghorn antelope and mule deer, and habitat for BLM sensitive species including Greater Sage-grouse, burrowing owls, as well as raptors and migratory birds. Seasonal timing stipulations would apply, and a BLM archeologist would be on-site during construction. The EA will provide site-specific evaluation tiered to and incorporating analysis from the Desolation Flats Project Area Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision.
Written comments will be accepted until Sept. 6. Comments may be emailed to BLM_WY_Endurance_Barricade_EA@blm.gov (please include “Endurance/Barricade Comment” in the subject line), faxed to (307) 328-4224, or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Rawlins Field Office, Endurance/Barricade Project, 1300 N. Third St., P.O. Box 2407, Rawlins, WY 82301.
Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual listed below during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For further information, please contact John Russell at (307) 328-4252.
Note to editor: A copy of the EA and other project documents can be found at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/rfo/desflats.html.
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Rawlins Field Office 1300 N. Third Street Rawlins, WY 82301
|Last updated: 08-21-2013|
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