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Release Date: 05/09/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Opens Scoping for Bird Canyon Natural Gas Infill Project; Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Field Office has published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register and is initiating a public comment period on the proposed Bird Canyon Natural Gas Infill Project.

The project proposal includes the drilling and production of 348 new natural gas wells within 17,612 acres of public land in the Bird Canyon Field, Lincoln and Sublette counties, Wyo. The wells would be directionally drilled from existing or new multi-well pads with an average spacing of four pads per 640 acres. Well pads would initially occupy 3.8 acres with a total estimated initial disturbance, including access roads, well pads and pipelines, of 392 acres for the project area. Wells pads would be reduced to 1.1 acres after interim reclamation with a total estimated long-term surface disturbance of 32 acres for the project area. Development would take place over the next 10 to 20 years with an estimated project life of 55 years.

The proposed project is located in the Upper Green River Basin which was designated as a marginal non-attainment zone for ozone by the Environmental Protection Agency in July 2012. An environmental impact statement (EIS) will analyze project impacts to air quality as well as employment, the local economy, viewsheds, historical and cultural resources, wildlife habitat, water quality, livestock forage and other issues, concerns and mitigation opportunities identified during the scoping period.

Oil and gas development has occurred in the Bird Canyon Field since the 1960s. During that time, 90 wells have been drilled within the project area. Eighteen of those wells have been plugged or shut-in, leaving 72 actively producing wells.

The proposal and associated documents can be reviewed at the Rock Springs Field Office or online at

Public scoping meetings have been scheduled to provide information and collect comments. The May 29 meeting will be held at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Citizen Center, 429 E. First St., in Marbleton, Wyo. The May 30 meeting will be held at the BLM Rock Springs Office, 280 Highway 191 N., in Rock Springs, Wyo. Both meetings will start at 3:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

Public comments are essential to the EIS process and help the BLM develop a reasonable range of alternative actions and a comprehensive environmental analysis. Substantive and constructive comments relating directly to this proposal and impending EIS should be emailed to with “Public Comment” in the subject line; faxed to 307-352-0329; or mailed or delivered to the BLM, Attn: Spencer Allred, 280 Highway 191 N., Rock Springs WY 82901. Comments will be accepted until June 16.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be 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 more information, please contact Spencer Allred at 307-352-0325.

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 above during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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: 05-09-2014