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Release Date: 10/19/10
Contacts: Cindy Wertz 307-775-6014    

BLM Issues Decision on Desolation Road Exploratory Gas Project

The Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) issued a Modified Decision Record, Modified Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Amended Environmental Assessment for the Desolation Road Exploratory Gas Project proposed by Samson Resources Company.

On May 10, 2010, the RSFO issued a FONSI and Decision Record (DR) for the Desolation Road Exploratory Gas Project. The DR was appealed to BLM’s Wyoming State Office for a State Director Review (SDR) on May 21, 2010. Due to the appeal, the Environmental Assessment (EA) was remanded to the RSFO for issues relating to wilderness characteristics within the project area and concerns over language contained in Appendix E relating to sage-grouse timing limit stipulations. All remaining arguments of the appeal were affirmed in the State Director Review.

The Desolation Road Exploratory Gas Project EA was amended to address the issues identified from the SDR. The Amended EA provides updated information relating to evaluation of wilderness characteristics and confirms that the project area does not meet the criteria for naturalness and solitude. Therefore, the proposed action is in compliance with the management objectives identified in the land use plan which allow for oil and gas leasing and development within the project area. Based on data presented in the Amended EA, a Modified FONSI and a Modified Decision Record for the project were prepared.

This project is located approximately three miles north of the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area, within 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.

The Amended Environmental Assessment, Modified FONSI, and Modified Decision Record are available on the web at

For more information, contact Kimberlee Foster at 307-352-0273.

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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Last updated: 01-11-2011