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High Plains District
Release Date: 12/30/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

BLM Buffalo Releases Augusta Unit Zeta CBNG POD
Modification for Public Review

A modification to the Augusta Unit Zeta coalbed natural gas (CBNG) plan of development (POD) environmental assessment (EA) is now available for public review until Jan. 15, 2010.

The Augusta Unit Zeta POD is located within the 123,000-acre Fortification Creek elk range of Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan counties, Wyo.

The modification was prepared in response to a State Director Review (SDR) decision, and specifically addresses two issues outlined in that decision:

    1. A cumulative impact assessment which covers the Fortification elk herd range
    2. Impacts to the Fortification elk herd for each alternative in the Augusta Unit Zeta EA.

The public review is limited to the modified portion of the Augusta Unit Zeta CBNG POD EA. Only substantive comments will be addressed. The Buffalo Field Office previously provided for a public review of the Augusta Unit Zeta CBNG POD EA in June 2009.

The modification is available online at and at the Buffalo Field Office.

Written comments on the project should be submitted by Jan. 15, 2010, and addressed to: Bureau of Land Management; BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834. Comments may also be faxed to (307) 684-1122, or sent electronically to

For any questions related to the Augusta Unit Zeta POD, contact Paul Beels or Duane Spencer at (307) 684-1100.

The BLM manages more land - 256 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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Last updated: 01-11-2011