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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 01/21/14
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Worland Releases EA for Bentonite Mining

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office (WFO) announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) and plans of operations for a proposed bentonite mining project expansion located approximately eight miles northwest of Ten Sleep, Wyo., in Washakie County.

This EA analyzes the Sheperd A-8, Sheperd #6A and Washakie 12 plans of operations submitted by Black Hills Bentonite, LLC. Black Hills proposes to expand its mining operations by 385.2 acres over the 16 year life of the mine. Of the 385.2 acres of proposed mining, 279.3 acres would be located on BLM-managed federal land administered by the WFO.

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 EA and plans of operations submitted by Black Hills are available for review at the WFO, 101 South 23rd Street in Worland.

The public comment period runs from Jan. 21–Feb. 19, 2014. Comments may be emailed to; please include "Black Hills Sheperd" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to AFM Minerals and Lands, BLM-Worland Field Office, 101 South 23rd Street, Worland, WY, 82401.

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 Geologist Alex Jensen at 307-347-5248.

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.

Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 01-21-2014