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Release Date: 11/25/13
Contacts: Serena Baker,    

BLM Rock Springs Opens Scoping on North Dutch John Unit #1 Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office is launching at least a 30-day public scoping period prior to preparing an environmental assessment on a proposal by Azalea Oil Company, LLC to develop one exploratory oil and natural gas well on a single well pad in the North Dutch John Unit.  

The North Dutch John Unit #1 project encompasses approximately 4.9 acres of public land located roughly 17 miles north of Dutch John, Utah in Sweetwater County, Wyo. The proposal includes one vertically drilled exploratory oil and gas well at a depth of roughly 15,960 feet depending on the geologic formation, upgrading less than a mile of existing two-track road, constructing approximately 84 feet of new access road, along with production tanks, separator, and a meter shack. If the well proves to be economically feasible, the life of the project is anticipated to be 20 to 30 years with the maximum surface disturbance expected to be approximately 4.9 acres.  

The proposed project is located near the Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area. The project area is also a popular hunting site, which is within designated pronghorn antelope, elk, and mule deer crucial winter range. In addition, the project area is within a class III visual resource management area, so low profile holding tanks and camouflage paint colors would be utilized to help the development blend into and retain the characteristics of the natural landscape.  

Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 3, 2014. Comments may be e-mailed to: (please include “North Dutch John Unit #1 Scoping” in the subject line), faxed to 307-352-0329, or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Rock Springs Field Office, N. Dutch John Unit #1 Scoping, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY 82901.  

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual listed below during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.  

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

For further information, please contact Ted Inman at 307-352-0388. 

Note to editor: A copy of the proposed project map and scoping notice are available online at

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 N.      Rock Springs, WY 82901   

Last updated: 11-25-2013