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Release Date: 02/13/14
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Releases Record of Decision for Gas Hills Uranium Project


The record of decision (ROD) for the Gas Hills In Situ Recovery Uranium Project is now available for review from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office.

The ROD authorizes Power Resources Inc., doing business as Cameco Resources, to develop uranium deposits using in situ recovery (ISR) techniques in the Gas Hills Mining District located in Fremont and Natrona counties, Wyoming. Planned facilities include injection, production and monitoring wells; well field header houses; pipelines; power lines; access roads; disposal ponds and satellite facilities. Approximately 1,300 acres will be disturbed by the development as analyzed in the environmental impact statement (EIS).

Cameco’s plan of operations has been approved with changes which include allowing additional on-site processing and requiring additional environmental protection measures and monitoring, ensuring that operations prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands.

Initial public scoping for the Gas Hills In Situ Recovery Uranium Project was conducted in fall 2010. The draft EIS was made available for public comment in fall 2012 and the final EIS was available for public review in fall 2013. All comments from the public and cooperating agencies concerning potential impacts were addressed in the EIS.

The ROD is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is described within the document. The EIS and ROD are available on the project website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/lfo/gashills.html. For more information, please contact Tom Sunderland at 307-332-8400.



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: 02-13-2014