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January 10, 2008

   Jeromy Caldwell  307-352-0259
   John MacDonald  307-352-0238 

BLM Rock Springs Announces Scoping for Devon Drilling Proposal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office is requesting scoping comments on an exploratory oil and gas drilling proposal. 

Devon Energy Production Company has indicated their intent to drill two exploratory gas wells on BLM-administered public lands within Sweetwater County, Wyo. (also known as the Baxter Natural Gas Exploratory Proposal).  The two proposed wells are located in Section 28, Township 13 North, Range 106 West, and in Section 5, Township 14 North, Range 105 West, 6th  Principal Meridian.  The proposed locations lie within or near the Sage Creek portion of the Greater Red Creek Area of Critical Environmental Concern and the Sugarloaf Basin Special Management Area as identified in the Green River Resource Management Plan (October 1997). The intent of this exploratory drilling is to gather information to evaluate the oil and gas resource potential underlying the company’s leases within this area.

The scoping notice is available on the web at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Rock_Springs.html.

This document serves as notice of the beginning of the environmental analysis process to fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.  The 30-day scoping period begins on January 10, 2008, and ends on February 10, 2008.  If you are interested in participating in the process and have concerns, issues or alternatives you would like to see addressed, you can submit your written or e-mail comments to:

  Address:Jeromy Caldwell
Devon Drilling Proposal
Bureau of Land Management 
Rock Springs Field Office 
280 Highway 191 North 
Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901
(Please add “Devon Drilling Proposal” in the subject line)

Your comments are important and will be considered in the environmental analysis process.  If you do respond, we will add your name to our mailing list, which will ensure you are informed of decisions resulting from our analysis process.  Please note that public comments submitted for this scoping review, including names, e-mail addresses, and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the above address during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish us to withhold your name,e-mail address, or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.

Comments specific to this proposal that were submitted prior to this official 30-day comment period have been saved and will be used (unless otherwise directed) and do not need to be resubmitted.

If you have any questions regarding this proposal, please contact Jeromy Caldwell at 307-352-0259 in Rock Springs, Wyo.