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January 10, 2008

   Michele Easley 

Kemmerer BLM to Provide Additional Analysis for
 Moxa Arch Preferred Alternative

The Bureau of Land Management's Kemmerer Field Office announced today that the public will have additional time to comment on air quality issues related to the Moxa Arch Area Infill Gas Development Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The DEIS identified four possible alternatives for infill development in the Moxa Arch area, but did not identify an agency preferred alternative. Comments recieved to date indicate that additional air quality information is needed, so the BLM will continue to accept the comments while the preferred alternative is being prepared. The comment period on other issues ends Jan. 10, 2008.

The BLM will complete air quality modeling and analysis for the preferred alternative. Also included will be modeling and analysis for proposed mitigation if deemed necessary to eliminate impacts. A notice will be published in the Federal Register at the time the analysis of the preferred alternative becomes available.

The current DEIS analyzes the environmental consequences of a proposed natural gas infill development and production operation on the 475,808-acre Moxa Arch project area. The project area is located in Lincoln, Sweetwater, and Uinta Counties in southwest Wyoming and includes mixed federal, state, and private lands. The operators’ proposed development plan involves drilling approximately 1,861 additional wells at the rate of about 186 wells per year, over a period of 10 years, or until the resource base is fully developed. The DEIS is available on the internet at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/kfodocs/moxa_arch.html. Public comment can submitted through standard mail or electronically at: kemmerer_wymail@blm.gov.

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Last updated: 01-11-2011