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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 10/29/10
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Seeking Comments on Application for Permit to Drill

The BLM is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing three alternatives that address the impacts of drilling a gas well in an existing lease, on BLM managed public land, in southern Blaine County. 

The lease is in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and the proposed alternative would allow the lease holder, NFR Bear Paw Basin LLC, to drill one vertical well in the SENW quarter of Section 31, T25N, R20 E. 

This EA is available for a 30-day comment period ending November 30, 2010. All substantive comments will be taken into consideration before making a decision on whether to approve the project. Specific comments addressing the adequacy of the scope of this EA or the impact analysis would be most useful.     
Copies of the EA have been sent to key stakeholders. If you would like to review a copy, you can request a hard copy from the BLM’s Lewistown Field Office, 920 NE Main, Lewistown, MT 59457, attention Gary Slagel or Craig Flentie.
You can also review the EA on the BLM’s website at Once on that site click on the Fiscal Year 2010 link in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument column, then click on NEPA # 0020-EA.
Comments should be sent to Lowell Hassler at the Lewistown BLM’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument office at 920 NE Main, Lewistown, MT 59457. You can also e-mail
your comments to

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012