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Cody Field Office
Release Date: 09/27/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Seismic Survey Begins in West Oregon Basin Oil Field

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office announces that a seismic survey on public and private lands in the West Oregon Basin Oil Field in Park County will begin this week.

Breitburn Energy Company (Breitburn), through Dawson Geophysical Company, will utilize a combination of buggy drilling and heli-portable drilling in the first stage of exploration in an area comprised of approximately 3,000 acres of public lands, 2,860 acres of private lands and 640 acres of state lands. The drilling stage is expected to last approximately two weeks. Aircraft and other equipment will be visible on both sides of the Meeteetse Highway (U.S. Highway 120).

In late October, the seismic survey will continue with the vibroseis technique and recording operations. The exploratory seismic survey will facilitate development of a 3-D image of the geologic structures and stratigraphy underlying this area on the west side of Elk Butte.

To learn more about the seismic project, visit

For more information, please contact BLM Natural Resource Specialist David Seward at 307-578-5900.

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.

Cody Field Office   1002 Blackburn Street      Cody, WY 82414  

Last updated: 09-27-2011