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Release Date: 07/17/14
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News Release No. ELDO 2014-045

BLM signs decision on oil exploration

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office signed a Decision Record (DR) and Finding of No Significant Impact on Noble Energy’s (Noble) proposal to conduct oil and gas exploration drilling in the Huntington Valley area, south of Elko near Jiggs, as part of Noble’s oil and gas lease.


The DR includes attached mitigation measures incorporated as conditions of approval as described in the Environmental Assessment (EA). These mitigation measures pertain to water and air quality, wildlife habitat, cultural resources, historic properties and fire management.


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 39 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, 8,420 acres of private surface with BLM-administered subsurface mineral rights, and 20,112 acres 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 project area does not include any wild horse herd management areas.


An EA was prepared and released for a 15-day public review period on May 21, 2014. The review period was later extended until June 24, 2014. The DR, EA and associated public comments with BLM’s response, Noble’s oil and gas exploration proposal and master surface use plan are available at


For questions regarding the EA, please contact Tom Schmidt, at (775) 753-0343 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.

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

Last updated: 04-17-2015