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Release Date: 12/19/13
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BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Oil and Gas Project in Eastern Utah

VERNAL, Utah—As part of the Obama Administration's ongoing efforts to promote safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Vernal Field Office is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing a proposal to drill up to 5,750 new oil and gas wells over a period of 16 years in an existing oil and gas producing area in Duchesne and Uintah Counties.
"This important project milestone underscores the BLM's commitment to facilitating oil and gas development using a balanced approach that supports energy production on public lands in Utah where its most appropriate while also safeguarding wildlife, livestock grazing and public health," said BLM-Utah State Director Juan Palma.
The Newfield Exploration Company’s proposed Monument Butte Project encompasses nearly 120,000 acres south of Myton, Utah, and would result in approximately 170 miles of new roads accompanied by a similar amount of new pipelines and additional infrastructure. The total new surface disturbance would be approximately 16,129 acres.
The BLM-Utah State Office currently administers approximately 3.9 million acres of public mineral estate that is leased for oil and gas development. The extraction of oil and gas resources and their introduction into the market generated more than $5.5 billion in direct economic benefits and more than $8.3 billion in total economic impacts in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. In FY 2012, the State of Utah received more than $164 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for federal minerals and energy development, including oil and gas.
Additional information about the proposed project is included in the EIS and can be found on the Vernal Field Office website at:
The 45-day comment period for this draft EIS closes Feb. 4, 2014. Informational public open houses will be held in Salt Lake City, Vernal and Roosevelt, Utah, during the comment period. During the open houses, BLM staff will be available to answer questions regarding the proposed project and draft EIS. Public open house meetings are scheduled as follows:
Jan. 21, 2014, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
BLM-Utah State Office
440 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan. 22, 2014, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Best Western Plus
2477 E Highway 40
Ballard, Utah
Jan. 23, 2014, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Uintah County Library
204 East 100 North
Vernal, Utah
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until close of business on Feb. 4, 2014. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Please reference “Monument Butte EIS” when submitting comments.
Written comments should be mailed or emailed using the following:
Bureau of Land Management
Vernal Field Office
Attn: Stephanie Howard
170 South 500 East
Vernal, UT 84078
Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.
For further project-specific information, please contact Stephanie Howard at (435)781-4469. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question with the above individual. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.
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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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Last updated: 12-19-2013