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Release Date: 07/10/14
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) which analyzes a proposed bentonite mining project expansion located approximately one mile southwest of Ten Sleep, Wyo., in Washakie County.

This EA analyzes the McClellan Gulch plan of operations submitted by Black Hills Bentonite, LLC. Black Hills Bentonite proposes to expand its mining operations by 18.9 acres over the 4 year life of the mine. Of the 18.9 acres of proposed mining, 16.6 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 plan of operations submitted by Black Hills Bentonite is available for review at the WFO, 101 South 23rd Street in Worland.

The public comment period runs from July 10 through August 8, 2014. Comments may be emailed to; please include "Black Hills Bentonite McClellan" in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to NEPA Coordinator, 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 Planning and Environmental Coordinator Holly Elliott at 307-347-5100.

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 Street      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 07-14-2014