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Release Date: 09/10/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Cody Releases EA for Bentonite Mining

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office (CYFO) announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) which analyzes a proposed bentonite mining project expansion located 17 miles east of Lovell, Wyo., in Big Horn County.

American Colloid Company (ACC) proposes to expand its mining operations by 614.8 acres. Of the 614.8 acres of proposed mining, 122.1 acres would be located on BLM-managed federal land administered by the CYFO and the remaining 492.7 acres would be on ACC patented land. Up to 60 acres per year would be disturbed over the 10 year life of the mine.

The EA has been prepared to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. It is available for public review and comment by visiting the BLM website at The plan of operations submitted by ACC is available for review at the Cody Field Office, 1002 Blackburn Street in Cody.

The public comment period runs from Sept. 12-Oct. 11, 2013. Comments may be emailed to; please include "ACC" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to AFM Minerals and Lands, BLM-Cody Field Office, 1002 Blackburn Street, Cody, WY, 82414.

For more information, please contact BLM Geologist Lisa Marks at 307-578-5900.

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.

Cody Field Office   1002 Blackburn Street      Cody, WY 82414  

Last updated: 09-10-2013