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Buffalo Field Office
Release Date: 12/06/11
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

BLM Announces Scoping on Rough Draw Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office is requesting public comments on the Patriot Energy Resources proposal for the Rough Draw Project. Under the proposal, BLM is beginning to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) for injection of nutrients and produced water into federal coal seams to stimulate generation of methane gas.

The project would utilize 283 existing wells within a 18,000 acre area and is located approximately 13 miles north of Gillette, Wyo. The area is already highly developed for coalbed natural gas. The area also consists of fee and state surface ownership with federal, fee and state mixed mineral ownership.

BLM would like your comments relative to this project. A scoping notice and the proponent’s application and supporting documentation can be viewed on the BLM Buffalo Field Office website at The above materials will also be available for review at the Buffalo Field Office.

The scoping period will end on Jan. 3, 2012. Comments may be submitted by mail to:

Bureau of Land Management
Attn. Rough Draw, WYW-168317
1425 Fort Street
Buffalo, WY 82834

Comments may also be submitted electronically to the email address:

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: 12-06-2011