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Newcastle Field Office
Release Date: 08/01/11
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

BLM Newcastle Field Office receives Plan of Operations Package for proposed
Ross Uranium ISR Mining Project in Crook County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Newcastle Field Office announces the availability of a Plan of Operations review on the proposed Ross uranium in situ recovery (ISR) mining project approximately 20 miles north of Moorcroft, Wyo.

Strata Energy proposes to conduct uranium exploration drilling, ISR mining and reclamation operations on 40 acres of public lands, with the proposed total surface disturbance of less than five acres. In 1978, a small scale pilot ISR mining project was conducted by Nu-Beth JV within the proposed Ross Project boundary, the pilot project operated for approximately two years.

The Strata Energy Plan of Operations was submitted to the BLM on Jan. 20, 2011 and deemed complete as per the content requirements of 43 CFR 3809.401 on April 15, 2011. The Plan of Operations mining and reclamation plan is available for review at the BLM-Newcastle Field Office, 1101 Washington Boulevard, Newcastle, Wyo.

The 30-day public review and comment period, as afforded per 43 CFR 3809.411(c), runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 30, 2011. Comments should be addressed to Rick Miller - Field Manager, BLM - Newcastle Field Office, 1101 Washington Boulevard, Newcastle, WY, 82701. Comments may also be emailed to; please include "Ross Project" in the subject line.

For more information, please contact BLM Geologist James Bashor at (307) 746-6619.

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.

Newcastle Field Office   1101 Washington Boulevard      Newcastle, WY 82701-2968  

Last updated: 08-01-2011