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Release Date: 03/28/13
Contacts: Peggy Truman    

BLM Lander Seeks Input on Bison Basin Development

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is seeking public comments on two projects: one is a proposed nine-well steam injection secondary oil recovery (SOR) project; and the second is a 3-D seismic geophysical survey. The projects are on public land in the Bison Basin approximately 20 miles south of Sweetwater Station, Wyo. They are located within BLM Wyoming Greater sage-grouse core area.

Richardson Operating Company submitted a proposal to implement a secondary steam injection program in the West Bison Basin Unit to enhance the recovery of oil in the area. Included in the proposal are nine oil production wells and associated well pads, access roads and pipelines. An existing steam facility will also be used to accommodate the installation of the secondary oil recovery steam injection program. The project is expected to take approximately 20 years.

Dawson Geophysical Company, on behalf of Richardson Operating Company, has submitted a proposal to conduct a 3-D seismic geophysical survey to examine sub-surface geologic structure below 15.5 square miles, or 9920 acres, of BLM surface in the Bison Basin. The proposal includes: deploying seismic vibrator trucks, utility terrain vehicles, ground crews, staging areas, source lines, source points, receiver lines and receiver stations. This project is expected to last approximately six months.

The Lander Field Office will prepare two environmental assessments (EAs) to analyze the impacts of the proposed projects. Information, including maps of the areas, can be found on the website at

Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop well-informed EAs. Comments should be submitted by April 25, 2013, and may be emailed to ; please include "Bison Basin 3D-SOR" 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: 03-28-2013