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Release Date: 06/10/14
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News Release No. ELKO 2014-037

BLM signs decision on oil exploration

The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office signed a decision record on Noble Energy’s (Noble) proposal to conduct oil and gas exploration drilling in the Tabor Flats area, approximately four miles northwest of Wells, as part of Noble’s oil and gas exploration lease.

Noble plans to drill and complete a maximum of 20 wells on public and private lands and conduct oil and gas exploratory drilling in the project area. Noble has identified 35 potential well pad locations, 20 of which may be constructed over a two-year period or more.

The project area includes 39,445 acres, including 20,622 public land acres (52 percent of the project area), 2,603 acres (7 percent) of private surface with BLM-administered subsurface mineral rights, and 16,220 acres (41 percent) of private lands and minerals. The operations will comply with all applicable federal Onshore Oil & Gas Orders and do not include any Wild Horse herd management areas.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared and released for a 30-day public review period on March 24, 2014. The EA, Noble’s Gas Exploration proposal and master surface use plan are available at

For questions regarding the EA, please contact Bryan Mulligan, 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.

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

Last updated: 04-17-2015