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Release Date: 02/03/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Lander Seeks Input on Bison Basin Development

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is seeking public comments on a proposed water flood program and new oil and gas wells on public land approximately 20 miles south of Sweetwater Station, Wyo.

Richardson Operating Company has submitted a proposal which includes the implementation of a secondary water flood program in the new West Bison Basin Unit to enhance the recovery of oil in the area. Also proposed are five water injection wells and one new oil well in the West Bison Basin Unit, three new oil wells in the existing Bison Basin Unit and one exploratory gas well in the North Bison Basin Unit. A production facility will also be expanded to accommodate the installation of the secondary recovery water flood program. The anticipated life of the proposed project is approximately 20 years.

The Lander 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. Comments should be submitted by March 5, 2012, and may be emailed to; please include "Bison Basin" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, Attn: Andrew Gibbs, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, please contact BLM Natural Resource Specialist Andrew Gibbs at 307-332-8400.

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: 02-03-2012