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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 08/01/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Worland Seeks Input on Mine and Reclamation Plan
for Proposed Bentonite Project in Hot Springs County

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office announces the availability of a mine and reclamation plan review on a proposed bentonite mining project in Hot Springs County, Wyo.

Wyo-Ben, Inc. proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation on public land in the Meeteetse Draw area located north of Thermopolis. The proposal consists of mining 10 to 15 acres per year for an estimated 10-20 years.

The mine and reclamation plan submitted by Wyo-Ben as well as a map of the project area is available for review at:

Public input is valuable early in the process and will assist the BLM in its analysis of the impacts of the proposed project. This analysis will be released for public review at a later date.

The mine and reclamation plan review period runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 30, 2011. Comments may be emailed to; please include "Wyo-Ben" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to AFM Minerals and Lands, BLM Worland Field Office, 101 S. 23rd Street, Worland, WY 82401.

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: 08-01-2011