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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
Release Date: 01/21/14
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith, 307-347-5207    
  Stuart Cerovski, 307-332-8400    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Portion of
August 2014 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the environmental assessment (EA) for the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District portion of the August 2014 oil and gas lease sale.

The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations within the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District contains 35 nominated parcels totaling 30,022.441 federal mineral acres. Of the 35 parcels, four occur in Greater Sage-Grouse Core Area. As a result, one full parcel and three partial parcels totaling 2,117.070 federal mineral acres were recommended for deferral and not further analyzed in the EA, leaving 34 full or partial parcels for analysis. The parcels are offered in compliance with the Grass Creek Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision (ROD) approved in 1998, the Washakie RMP ROD approved in 1988, the Cody RMP ROD approved in 1990 and the Lander RMP ROD approved in 1986.

The draft EA is available online at: Three alternatives are analyzed: under Alternative 1 (no action alternative), no parcels would be offered for sale; under Alternative 2, 34 nominated full or partial parcels containing 27,905.403 federal mineral acres would be offered for sale with no further recommended deferrals; and under Alternative 3 (proposed action alternative), 17 partial and three whole parcels containing 12,890.203 federal mineral acres would be offered for sale and, if sold, a lease issued.

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act process and help identify issues, concerns and mitigation opportunities not covered in the EA. Email comments to with “August 2014 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Mail written comments to Stuart Cerovski, Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY, 82520. Comments will be accepted through February 19, 2014.

The public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, email addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the LFO at 1335 Main Street during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, address or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests are honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are made available for public inspection in their entirety.

For more information, please contact BLM Resource Advisor Stuart Cerovski at 307-332-8400 or email

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: 01-21-2014