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Elko District Office
Release Date: 09/13/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-071

BLM authorizes seismic surveys near Jiggs, Nevada

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office signed a decision record authorizing Noble Energy (Noble) to conduct 3-D seismic surveys in the Huntington Valley and Jiggs area of Elko County, southeast of Elko.


The purpose of the 3-D seismic program is to gain a better understanding of the subsurface geology to determine if there is oil and gas potential and if exploratory drilling is warranted. If drilling is warranted, 3-D seismic data will identify the best locations for exploratory drilling.  Prior to any exploratory drilling, a plan of operations would need to be submitted and a public review and comment period would be conducted.


Public scoping for this seismic project was initiated January 30, 2013 and the Environmental Assessment (EA) was released for review on Aug. 15, 2013. Seismic data collection, recording, and reclamation will begin in October and would last for approximately 100 days.


The EA, Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact are available on our website For more information, please contact Tom Schmidt, project lead, at (775) 753-0200 or by email at

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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