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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Pinedale Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/09/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Seeks Public Input on Pinedale Resource Management Plan Amendment


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office is seeking public comment on a proposed amendment to the Pinedale Resource Management Plan (RMP) to permanently close approximately 5,120 acres to oil and gas leasing in Sublette County, Wyo.

Concerned citizens raised $8.75 million to enable the Trust for Public Land to acquire leased parcels in this area from Plains Exploration and Production to prevent any oil and gas development. However, the Pinedale RMP allows for these parcels to be nominated and offered for competitive bid once the current leases expire. This proposed RMP amendment would ensure that the 5,120 acres are not subject to oil and gas leasing or development in the future.

The amendment is also in response to Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s request that the BLM refrain from offering these public lands for mineral leasing since they are immediately adjacent to U.S. Forest Service lands withdrawn from leasing by the Wyoming Range Legacy Act. The Act withdrew 1.2 million acres of public land in the Wyoming Range from future mineral leasing in response to growing concerns about mineral and energy development and was signed into law by President Obama as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

An RMP may be amended if initiated by the need to consider monitoring and evaluation findings, new data, new or revised policy, a change in circumstances or a proposed action that may result in a change in the scope of resource uses or a change in the terms, conditions and decisions of the approved plan.

Public comments identifying specific issues, concerns, ideas or mitigation opportunities are an important component of the planning process and help ensure the best possible analysis. Mail or deliver written comments to: Field Manager, Pinedale Field Office, PO Box 768, 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale, WY 82941; or email comments to BLM_WY_Pinedale_RMP_Amendment@blm.gov with “5,120 Amendment” in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., June 9.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be 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.

More information is available at the Pinedale Field Office, www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Planning/rmps/pinedale/5120.html or by contacting Lauren McKeever at 307-367-5352.

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 above 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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Pinedale Field Office   1625 West Pine Street      Pinedale, WY 82941  

Last updated: 05-09-2014