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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 03/03/11
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 Greybull, Wyo.

Wyo-Ben, Inc. proposes to conduct new bentonite mining and concurrent reclamation on public land in the Potato Ridge area located east of Greybull in Big Horn County. Wyo-Ben has been mining in the area since the 1960s and proposes to expand its bentonite mining operations by a maximum of 500 acres. The cast-back mining operation will occur on approximately 28 acres per year for a proposed 13 years.

The Worland Field Office will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. Information, including a map of the area, can be found on the website at:

Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed EA. This initial public comment period runs from March 4 through April 4, 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, P.O. Box 119, 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 82401-0119  

Last updated: 03-03-2011