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Release Date: 06/17/14
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News Release No. ELDO 2014-038

BLM extends public review on proposed oil and gas exploration south of Elko

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office is extending the public review period of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to conduct gas exploration drilling in the Huntington Valley area by Noble Energy (Noble) until June 24.

Noble proposes to drill and complete a maximum of 20 wells and well pads on public and private lands located within 7 miles of Jiggs, Nev. Noble has identified 39 potential well pad locations, of which no more than 20 would be constructed. The exploration project is expected to last two-years or more. Hydraulic fracturing may be used in the proposed project. Along with drill pad construction, new roads would be constructed as well as maintenance or upgrades to existing roads to allow for drill rig and support vehicle traffic.

The project area, located south of Elko near Jiggs, consists of 15 oil and gas leases and encompasses a total of 63,495 acres. Proposed surface disturbance in the project area includes a total of 425.8 acres including 287.8 acres of public land and 138 acres of private surface with federal mineral rights. As described in the EA, only 20 of the 39 wells would be drilled and therefore, actual surface disturbance on both public and private combined would be limited to 311.8 acres

The proposed operations would comply with all applicable federal Onshore Oil & Gas Orders and does not include any wild horse Herd Management Areas.

The EA and associated documents are located on the web at

For more information, contact Project Lead Tom Schmidt 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 St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-17-2015