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Cody Field Office
Release Date: 07/02/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Cody Releases EA for Bentonite Mining

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

Wyo-Ben, Inc. proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation on public land located 10 miles northeast of Lovell in Big Horn County. Wyo-Ben has been mining in the area since the 1970s and proposes to expand its bentonite mining operations by 78.2 acres.

The EA has been prepared to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. It is available for public review and comment by visiting the BLM website at The plan of operations submitted by Wyo-Ben is available for review at the Cody Field Office, 1002 Blackburn Avenue in Cody.

The public comment period runs from July 8 through August 6, 2010. Comments should be addressed to AFM Minerals and Lands, BLM-Cody Field Office, P.O. Box 518, Cody, WY, 82414. Comments may also be emailed to; please include "Wyo_Ben_Bend" in the subject line.

For more information, please contact BLM Geologist Lisa Marks at 307-578-5900.

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.

Cody Field Office   1002 Blackburn Avenue      Cody, WY 82414  

Last updated: 01-11-2011