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Rock Springs Field Office
Release Date: 05/12/10
Contacts: Lorraine Keith    

BLM Approves Desolation Road Exploratory Gas Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office has signed the Decision Record for the Desolation Road exploratory gas project proposed by Samson Resources Company.

This project is located approximately three miles north of the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area (WSA). This project is not within the WSA and no drilling will occur in the WSA. Portions of the proposed project are in the Monument Valley Management Area.

The project involves construction of an access road to two proposed well sites, one on federal land and one on private land. The well site located on federal land and the access road are federal actions and are included in the decision record.

An environmental assessment for the project was prepared following a public scoping period in December of 2008 and a public comment period in June of 2009. Comments received were summarized in the environmental assessment document. The environmental assessment analyzed the effects of Samson’s proposal (the proposed action) and two alternatives, including the no action alternative, on a variety of natural resources including visual, recreation, wildlife, and cultural. The analysis included in the assessment found there would be no significant impacts from the development of the proposed project.

The environmental assessment and decision record are available on the web at

For more information, please contact Trisha Cartmell at the BLM office, 307-352-0256.

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.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901  

Last updated: 01-11-2011