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Release Date: 05/22/14
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News Release No. ELKO 2014-035

Huntington Valley Oil & Gas Exploration Project EA Released for Review

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office has released for public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) to conduct gas exploration drilling in the Huntington Valley area, near Jiggs, Nevada. The EA and Noble’s Master Surface Use Plan are available at and will be open for public review until June 6, 2014.
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 Nevada. 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 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 (0.45 percent of the total project area), 138 acres of private surface with Federal mineral rights (0.21 percent of the total project area). 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 approximately 311.8 acres (0.49 percent of the total project area).
The proposed operations will comply with all applicable Federal Onshore Oil & Gas Orders and do not include any Wild Horse Herd Areas.
If you have any questions, please email them to If you need more information please contact Tom Schmidt at (775) 753-0343.

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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