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Wind River/Bighorn Basin District
Release Date: 07/23/12
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith, 307-347-5207    
  Stuart Cerovski, 307-332-8400    

BLM Seeks Comments on EA for Wind River/Bighorn Basin District Portion
of February 2013 Oil and Gas Lease Parcels

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the environmental assessment (EA) for the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District portion of the February 2013 oil and gas lease parcel offering.

The initial list of parcels derived from public nominations within the Wind River/Bighorn Basin District contains 402 nominated parcels, totaling 706,705.72 acres. Twenty-seven parcels (29,595.37 acres) are located within the Cody Field Office (CYFO), 118 parcels (224,774.39 acres) are within the Lander Field Office (LFO) and 257 parcels (452,335.96 acres) are within the Worland Field Office (WFO). They are offered in compliance with the Grass Creek Resource Management Plan (RMP) Record of Decision (ROD) approved in 1998, the Washakie RMP ROD approved in 1988, the Cody RMP ROD approved in 1990 and the Lander RMP ROD approved in 1986.

The draft EA is available online at: Three alternatives are analyzed: under Alternative 1 (no action alternative), no parcels would be offered for sale; under Alternative 2, all 402 nominated parcels would be offered for sale with no recommended deferrals; and under Alternative 3 (proposed action alternative), 98 parcels containing 88,047.65 acres would be offered for sale and, if sold, a lease issued (15 whole and partial parcels containing 14,494.32 acres in the CYFO, 38 whole and partial parcels containing 40,486.26 acres in the LFO and 45 whole and partial parcels containing 33,067.07 acres in the WFO).

Public comments are an important component of the National Environmental Policy Act process and help identify issues, concerns and mitigation opportunities not covered in the EA. Email comments to with “February 2013 Lease Parcels” in the subject line. Mail written comments to Stuart Cerovski, Lander Field Office, 1335 Main Street, Lander, WY, 82520. Comments will be accepted through August 22, 2012.

The public comments and information submitted regarding this project including names, email addresses and street addresses of the respondents will be available for public review and disclosure at the LFO at 1335 Main Street during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) weekdays, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, address or street address from public review or from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this plainly at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests are honored to the extent allowed by law. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individual identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, are made available for public inspection in their entirety.

For more information, please contact BLM Resource Advisor Stuart Cerovski at (307) 332-8400 or email

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.

Wind River/Bighorn Basin District   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 07-25-2012