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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 07/28/09
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    

BLM Worland Releases Plan of Operations and EA for Bentonite Mining

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is seeking comments on a proposed bentonite mining project in Hot Springs County.

Wyo-Ben, Inc. proposes to conduct bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation at six locations in Hot Spring County and to use existing roads to haul bentonite to their Lucerne Plant. Total disturbance over the life of the project is estimated to be approximately 200 acres. If the plan of operations is approved, Wyo-Ben, Inc. could begin mining later this year. The current plan is a revision to a proposal originally submitted in 1984, although mining operations did not occur at that time.

An environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. Both the EA and the plan of operations submitted by Wyo-Ben, Inc. are now available for public review and comment by visiting the BLM website at Copies are also available at the Worland Field Office, 101 S. 23rd Street in Worland.

The public comment period runs from July 29 through August 27, 2009. Comments should be addressed to AFM Minerals and Lands, BLM-Worland Field Office, P.O. Box 119, Worland, WY, 82401. Comments can also be emailed to

For more information, please contact Marilyn Wegweiser at 307-347-5100 .

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.

Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

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