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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 04/14/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Worland Seeks Input on Proposed Bentonite Mining Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed bentonite mining project near Ten Sleep, Wyo.

Black Hills Bentonite, LLC., proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation on public land located south and east of Ten Sleep in Washakie County. Black Hills Bentonite has been mining in the area since the 1970s and proposes to expand its bentonite mining operations by a maximum of 71 acres. They initially plan to mine on approximately 25 acres for a proposed 10 years.

The Worland Field Office is preparing to analyze the impacts of the proposed project and public input will enable staff to develop a well-informed environmental assessment. This initial public comment period runs from April 14 through May 13, 2011. Comments may be emailed to; please include "Black Hills Bentonite" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to AFM Minerals and Lands, BLM Worland Field Office, P.O. Box 119, Worland, WY 82401.

Information, including a map of the area, can be found on the website at: The plan of operations submitted by Black Hills Bentonite is available for review at the Worland Field Office, 101 S. 23rd Street in Worland.

For more information, please contact BLM Geologist Marilyn Wegweiser at 307-347-5100.

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.

Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 04-14-2011