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December 21, 2007

  Mark P. Meyer

Dempsey Basin Road Closure

Harsh weather conditions typically limit access to the Dempsey Basin Road during the winter months. However, this year, Fortuna LP Company will be clearing the road as necessary to drill an exploratory oil/gas well in the Fish Creek area.

The BLM does not encourage the public to use the road during the winter months and required the installation of a gate at the cattle guard on the southern end of the road for safety purposes. The gate will be closed and locked starting January 1, 2008 as weather conditions warrant, until Fortuna has completed its project.

Emergency services on the Dempsey Basin Road will not be readily available despite the plowing. Access will be permitted to anyone that owns land or has facilities along the Dempsey Basin Road.

For more information, please contact either James Roberts, Natural Resources Specialist at (307) 828-4506, or Mark P. Meyer, Assistant Field Manager for Minerals & Lands at (307) 828-4548 at the BLM Kemmerer Field Office.