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Casper Field Office
Release Date: 06/02/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

BLM Clarifies Muddy Mountain Land Exchange Proposal:
Public will gain access to 160 acres on Muddy Mountain

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office and Howell Petroleum Corporation recently completed two public scoping meetings to gather comments for an environmental assessment (EA) on the Muddy Mountain land exchange.

"It became evident almost immediately in the meetings there was misunderstanding about the proposal" said BLM Casper Field Manager Joe Meyer. "There are currently two exchange proposals that involve lands around Muddy Mountain.” Meyer went on to explain that BLM and Howell are proposing to exchange lands in the Salt Creek Oil Field for lands on Muddy Mountain.

BLM would receive 160 acres on Muddy Mountain adjacent to the environmental education area. Howell would receive about 3,500 acres in the oil field. The acreage disparity is a result of statutory requirements to do land exchanges on an equal value basis, based on fair market value.

A separate exchange involving State Lands and Russell Gordy is under consideration by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments. The Gordy exchange is not connected in any way with the BLM Muddy Mountain land exchange.

"Several members of the public attended our scoping meetings expecting to discuss the exchange between Gordy and the State,” said Meyer. “We dispelled that confusion at the meeting, but we feel compelled to clarify the matter for the public so we get good constructive scoping comments with which to develop our EA.”

Information on the Muddy Mountain exchange between BLM and Howell are available at

Scoping comments are due by June 19, 2010. For more information, contact Randy Sorenson at (307) 261-7522.

Written comments should be submitted to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Randy Sorenson, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, WY, 82604. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention of Sorenson at 307-261-7587 or sent electronically to:

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.

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