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Release Date: 05/06/13
Contacts: Serena Baker, 307-212-0197    

BLM Rock Springs Opens Scoping on Horseshoe Basin Oil and Gas Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office (RSFO) is launching a 30-day public scoping period prior to preparing an environmental assessment on a proposal by Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. to develop up to 20 new oil or gas wells within the Horseshoe Basin Unit. 

The project area encompasses 24,972 acres of primarily federal land, with a small amount of state, and privately owned land, approximately 55 miles southeast of Rock Springs, Wyo. in Sweetwater County. The Horseshoe Basin Unit was developed in 2005, and presently has two gas wells, roads, pipelines and a centralized production facility. The new project proposes drilling two wells per year utilizing horizontal or vertical drilling at depths ranging from 8,500 to 11,500 feet depending on the geologic formation. The project would also include access roads, pipelines, and power lines. Devon plans to minimize surface disturbance by co-locating new wells on existing well pads, or by establishing multi-well pads, when possible. The maximum surface disturbance is anticipated to be approximately 40 acres. The wells would be developed during the next 10 years, with the life of the project anticipated to be between 20 to 30 years.  

Public comments are most useful when they are specific, cite additional relevant issues and/or determine the extent of those issues. Written substantive scoping comments should be received by June 4, and may be submitted via facsimile, email, mail, or hand-delivery during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to: 

Brandon Teppo, Natural Resource Specialist  
BLM Rock Springs Field Office  
280 Highway 191 North  
Rock Springs, WY 82901  
Facsimile: 307-352-0329 
Email: (please include "Horseshoe Basin Scoping Comment" in the subject line).

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

For more information on the project visit: For specific questions, please contact Brandon Teppo, at 307-352-0318.  

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.

Rock Springs Field Office   280 Highway 191 North      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 05-06-2013