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Release Date: 09/16/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Cody Releases EA for Bentonite Mine Haul Road
and Commercial Use Road Upgrade near Lovell

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office has released for public comment an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed haul road upgrade and commercial use upgrade of the Dry Bear Road (BLM System Road 1126) relative to expanded bentonite mining operations southeast of Lovell, Wyo.

Bentonite Performance Minerals (BPM) has proposed to upgrade portions of the Dry Bear Road (BLM System Road 1126) to allow hauling of bentonite clay from adjacent patented lands in the Lower Seven Claims area. The road upgrades would affect approximately 22 acres of public land located in Big Horn County.

Portions of the road would be upgraded to a 35-foot running surface within a 60-foot wide corridor to meet haul road parameters, and portions would be upgraded to a 15-foot running surface within a 35-foot right of way corridor to more safely allow use of the road by commercial (pick-up) traffic. A new cattle guard would be installed, and new signage for public safety would also be part of the project.

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

The public comment period runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 19, 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 "BPM-Amendment 5 - Dry Bear Road upgrade” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact BLM Geologist Gretchen Hurley 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.

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Last updated: 01-11-2011