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Release Date: 08/11/14
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News Release No. ELDO 2014-050

BLM seeks public input on proposed oil & gas exploration

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office is seeking public input until Sept. 5 in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to conduct oil & gas exploration south of Elko by EFT Nevada LLC (EFT) as part of its oil and gas exploration lease.

The proposed project, located approximately 29 miles south of Elko, includes the installation of a well pad, a new access road and upgrading a portion of an existing access road for 28.6 acres of surface disturbance. Once these activities are complete, exploratory operations would commence and are proposed to be conducted during spring to fall (March - October) of 2015. Collectively, the proposed activities are referred to as the Cedar Ridge I Exploration Project. A detailed project description and map are located at The proposed project is not located within a Wild Horse Herd Management Area.

The BLM is seeking input on potential issues, impacts, and alternatives that should be addressed in an Environmental Assessment (EA). Comments and input should be submitted to the BLM as described below by Sept. 5, 2014. A public meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Elko BLM Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko.

Written comments on the Cedar Ridge 1 Exploration Project should be mailed to: BLM Elko District, Attn: Tom Schmidt, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801, or via email to Upon completion, the EA for this project will be posted to the BLM website for a 30-day review period before a decision will be completed.

Before including your address, phone number 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: 04-17-2015