BLM Logo
Green River District Office
Release Date: 04/14/14
Contacts: Marta Call , 435-781-4423  

BLM-UT Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Oil Shale Exploration

Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing Ambre Energy’s  proposal to explore for oil shale approximately 50 miles south of Vernal, Utah, on Seep Ridge. The proposed exploration project would drill five exploratory holes and disturb less than one acre of land near existing roads in an area covering 11,761 acres. The total drilling time would be no more than 10 days. 
Additional project-specific information is available in the EA, which can be found online on the BLM ePlanning Land Use Planning and NEPA Register at:
From the drop down menus select:  Utah under state; UT-Vernal FO under office; EA under document type; 2014 under fiscal year; and oil shale under program.
Written comments will be accepted by letter or email until May 14, 2014.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that identify issues relevant to the proposed action or contain new technical or scientific information. 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 “Ambre Energy Seep Ridge” when submitting written comments. 
Written comments should be mailed or emailed using the following addresses:
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 additional 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.

Follow us on Twitter @BLMUtah

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.

Green River District Office   170 South 500 East      Vernal, UT 84078  

Last updated: 04-14-2014