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Wind River/Bighorn Basin
Release Date: 01/04/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    

BLM Worland Releases Mine Plan and EA for Bentonite Mining

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) on a proposed bentonite mining project near Ten Sleep, Wyo.

Black Hills Bentonite, LLC (BHB) proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation on both public and private lands located six miles west of Ten Sleep in Washakie County. Bentonite mining activities have been conducted in this area since the 1970s. Total disturbance over the 10-year life of the mining project and related activities is 18.5 acres.

The EA has been prepared to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. Both the EA and the plan of operations submitted by BHB are 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 January 4 through February 2, 2010. 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 Holly Elliott at 307-347-5100.

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.

Wind River/Bighorn Basin   101 South 23rd      PO Box 119      Worland, WY 82401-0119  

Last updated: 01-14-2010