Dillon BLM opens public comment period for proposed oil well near Lima

(DILLON, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management has opened a public comment period for an exploratory oil well proposal on public lands in southwestern Montana, near Lima.

On behalf of the BLM’s Dillon Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the BLM’s Great Falls North Central District Office, Division of Oil and Gas, has opened a public comment period on an Environmental Assessment, for the Tendoy Application for Permit to Drill. The agency is taking comments until Dec. 30.

The site-specific EA, analyzes potential impacts from a Lima Exploration Company proposal to drill an exploratory oil well on public lands about 16 miles southwest of Lima, Montana. The assessment was prepared jointly by the BLM and the USFS, since one potential location is on the BLM and the other is on Forest Service lands. 

The Lima Exploration Company APD EA is available for public review at https://go.usa.gov/xpnB3.

Interested individuals can address written comments to:  Bureau of Land Management, Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101; Attn: Tessa Wallace, or fax them to Tessa Wallace at (406) 896-5298. Comments can also be submitted electronically to tlwallace@blm.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, 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.

For more information, contact Tessa Wallace, Physical Scientist, BLM Montana State Office at (406) 791-7768.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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