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Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 08/26/11
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Rawlins Issues Decision Record on Access Road Right-of-Way

The Bureau of Land Management Rawlins Field Office issued an environmental assessment (EA), finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and decision record (DR) granting SWEPI LP (SWEPI) a right-of-way (ROW) across public land allowing access to their State of Wyoming natural gas well.

The decision authorizes SWEPI to reconstruct and realign an existing road, which forks off Sweetwater County Road 19 crossing through the boundaries of both the Rawlins and Rock Springs field offices, in order to drill and produce the proposed well on state land. The ROW will stretch from CR 19 roughly 10 miles to the south-southeast through private and public land to a state-owned section where the well pad and temporary living quarters will be located. The road construction and drainage improvements will total approximately 1 ½ acres of new surface disturbance. If the well produces natural gas, the ROW would be upgraded by graveling the entire length of the road. Dust and erosion control measures are required. 

The EA was made available for public comment in July-August 2011, and all comments concerning potential impacts were addressed in the document. The DR is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is outlined in the Decision Record. A copy of the EA, FONSI, and DR are available at: For specific questions, contact Project Manager Erica Pionke, 307-328-4200. 

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.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 N. Third Street      Rawlins, WY 82301   

Last updated: 08-26-2011