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Pinedale Field Office
Release Date: 08/06/10
Contacts: Beverly Gorny    

BLM Pinedale Field Office Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Sand and Gravel Pit Expansion

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) has received a proposal from Archer Construction, Inc. of Riverton, Wyo. (Archer) to expand the Binning Sand and Gravel Pit from 10 to 39.9 acres. The proposed expansion is located on a 39-acre parcel of land owned by Burleigh Binning at 35 BD Lane. Ownership will transfer to Archer once all of the necessary permits to operate the permit are granted. BLM will retain management of the subsurface mineral.

The BLM PFO is seeking comments on the proposal from the public by Aug. 20. The legal description for the mining permit area is located in the NWNWNE of Section 29, T34N, R109W in Sublette County. The area is located 1.5 miles west of Pinedale on Highway 187 and north on Ehman Lane approximately 1.5 miles to BD Lane.

Sand and gravel mining began in the early 1980s and is planned to continue until 2015. Once mining has concluded, the land will be reclaimed and sold as lots for homes. The original permit was approved for ten acres and was issued to Burleigh Binning. A new permit will be issued to Archer for the entire 39 acres. BLM will prepare an environmental assessment to assess the possible environmental impacts and disturbances. The expansion of this sand and gravel pit will provide necessary building materials to sustain current community needs and any possible oil and gas production.

Comments should be addressed to:

Catharine Woodfield
BLM Pinedale Field Office
1625 West Pine Street
PO Box 768
Pinedale, WY 82941

Public comments and information submitted regarding this project 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 (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, mailing 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.

For more information, contact Catharine Woodfield (307) 367-5360.

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.

Pinedale Field Office   1625 West Pine Street      Pinedale, WY 82941  

Last updated: 08-06-2010