In 2003, the BLM and the State of Montana jointly prepared the Montana Statewide Oil and Gas Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Amendment of the Powder River and Billings Resource Management Plans (Statewide Document). The Statewide Document analyzed the environmental impacts associated with the development of oil and gas resources, including coal bed natural gas (CBNG) exploration and development. The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Statewide Document was approved on April 30, 2003.
Together with the Statewide Document, the supplement to the Statewide Document (FSEIS) provides a comprehensive framework for managing public land and allocating resources related to CBNG and other oil and gas exploration and development activities.
The FSEIS is in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended; the Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing NEPA, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), and other related regulations.
The FSEIS also updates the Statewide Document with new information and reflects changes in policies, regulations, and activities since the Statewide Document was approved. Monitoring data is updated to reflect the new resource data developed since the Statewide Document was completed in April 2003.
No warranty is made by the Bureau of Land Management as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data for individual use or aggregate use with other data.
October 28, 2008