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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Rawlins Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/21/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Rawlins Seeks Public Comment on RMP Water Amendment


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office is seeking public comment on a proposed amendment to the 2008 Rawlins Resource Management Plan (RMP) to close approximately 12,425 acres in Carbon and Albany counties to oil and gas leasing.

Parcels of BLM-administered land approximately 27 miles south of Rawlins, Wyo. were nominated for leasing in May 2012; however, because of community concern and close proximity to 25 springs which supply Rawlins’ drinking water, the parcels were deferred. At the request of Rawlins city managers, this RMP amendment is proposed to permanently close the parcels to leasing and avoid potential impacts to the springs from energy and mineral activity. Areas adjacent to the cities of Saratoga, Wyo. and Laramie, Wyo. will also be considered for closure to oil and gas leasing due to water quality concerns.

Additional information is available at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/rawlins.html

An environmental assessment will be prepared for this RMP amendment. Public participation is a key component of this process and will help identify issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities to ensure the best possible analysis. Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 20 and may be emailed to blm_wy_rfo_rmp_water_amend@blm.gov; faxed to 307-328-4224; or mailed or delivered to the BLM Rawlins Field Office, P.O. Box 2407, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins WY 82301.

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 can 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 more information, please contact Jennifer Fleuret at 307-328-4314.

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 above 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 individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.



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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Rawlins Field Office   1300 North Third Street      Rawlins, WY 82301  

Last updated: 07-21-2014