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Elko District Office
Release Date: 11/13/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2014-004

BLM seeks input on proposed oil and gas exploration south of Elko

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office is seeking public input until Dec. 13 in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to conduct gas exploration drilling in the Huntington Valley area, south of Elko near Jiggs, by Noble Energy (Noble) as part of its oil and gas exploration lease.

There will be an open house at the Elko District Office on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. to discuss the project. There are no Wild Horse Herd Management Areas within the project area.

Noble proposes to drill and complete a maximum of 20 wells on public and private lands located approximately 21 miles south of Elko. Noble has identified 41 potential well pad locations, 20 of which may be constructed over a two-year period or more.

The lands in the project area include 34,962 public land acres (55 percent of the project area), 8,420 acres (13 percent) of private surface with BLM-administered subsurface mineral rights, and 20,112 acres (32 percent) of private lands and minerals, for a total of 63,494 acres. The proposed operations would comply with all applicable federal Onshore Oil & Gas Orders.

The BLM is seeking input in the development of this EA. Written comments may be mailed to BLM Elko District, Attn: Tom Schmidt, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801, faxed to (775) 753-0255, or e-mailed to Tom Schmidt, Project Lead, at Noble’s Master Surface Use Plan and project maps are available 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.

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.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-20-2015