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Moab Field Office
Release Date: 05/22/14
Contacts: Beth Ransel , (435)259-2119,  

BLM Acts Quickly to Control Oil Spill on BLM Lands in Southeast Utah

Moab, Utah—On the morning of May 21, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office was notified by SW Energy and the State of Utah, Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining of a leaking oil well in the Salt Wash field south of 1-70, approximately 12 miles southeast of the town of Green River, Utah. In response, the BLM dispatched technical staff to investigate and assist with containment of the leaking fluids. With regulators on site from the BLM, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SW Energy worked to contain the spill and attempted to shut-in the well. Containment and back up berms were put in place to slow and capture the fluid, much of which has been removed by vacuum trucks and disposed of in a state approved disposal facility. SW Energy successfully shut-in the well at approximately 1:20 p.m. on May 22.

“The BLM is taking this matter very seriously. We are working cooperatively with SW Energy, the State and EPA to assess the extent of the spill and will work on assessing impacts to natural resources” said Juan Palma, BLM-Utah State Director. “We were able to catch this incident and act quickly to contain the leak and minimize the potential impacts to the environment.”

The BLM, Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining, and oil and gas operators inspect sites regularly, which enables the BLM to take immediate corrective actions when events like this occur.

The BLM will continue to update their website as damage assessments are completed and corrective action plans are prepared and implemented. More detailed information is available at:

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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: 05-22-2014