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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
 
Release Date: 07/21/14
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith, 307-347-5207    
  Stuart Cerovski, 307-332-8400    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for WR/BBD Portion of February 2015 O&G 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 February 2015 oil and gas lease sale.

The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations within the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District contains 52 nominated parcels totaling 67,437.570 federal mineral acres. Of the 52 parcels, 29 occur in Greater Sage-Grouse Core Area. As a result, 27 full parcels and 1 partial parcel totaling 44,748.840 federal mineral acres were recommended for deferral and not further analyzed in the EA, leaving 25 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 2014, which is now being implemented.

The draft EA is available online at: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/energy/Oil_and_Gas/Leasing.html. Three alternatives are analyzed: under Alternative 1 (no action alternative), no parcels would be offered for sale; under Alternative 2, 25 nominated full or partial parcels containing 22,688.730 federal mineral acres would be offered for sale with no further recommended deferrals; and under Alternative 3 (proposed action alternative), 11 full and 4 partial parcels containing 8,713.610 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 lander_wymail@blm.gov with “February 2015 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Mail written comments to Stuart Cerovski, BLM Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY, 82520. Comments will be accepted through August 20, 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 scerovsk@blm.gov.



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: 07-22-2014