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Release Date: 08/29/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2012-061

Noble Energy proposes seismic surveys on public land

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office is releasing for public review the Environmental Assessment (EA) to conduct 3D seismic surveys in the Tabor Flats area, west of Wells, by Noble Energy (Noble) as part of its oil and gas exploration lease.
The use of a 3D seismic survey accurately images reflected waves by utilizing multiple points of observation in an effort to discover oil and gas deposits. A grid of geophones, used to record the vibrations caused by the vibration trucks, and seismic source impact points, locations where the trucks will be stationed, are deployed at 165-foot intervals. Noble proposes to have 16 to 20 receiver lines at one time. The result is a volume, or cube, of seismic data sampled from a range of different angles and distances. The geophones and impact points will be placed by foot, all-terrain vehicles and/or trucks.
Noble proposes for operations to take place during the fall to ensure minimum disturbance to the land and resources. The seismic survey will take approximately 60 days to complete once operations begin.
The BLM is seeking comments on this EA. All comments must be received by the Wells Field Office by close of business on Sept. 28. Comments may be mailed to the above address, faxed to (775) 753-0255, or e-mailed to Whitney Wirthlin, project lead, at
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
This EA was developed using comments received during public scoping that was conducted in April, 2012 in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
To review the project and map, please visit our website at under ‘NEPA, projects under National Environmental Policy Act review.’

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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