BLM to initiate EIS for the Moneta Divide Natural Gas and Oil Development Project

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office is seeking input on a proposed natural gas development project in Fremont, Natrona and Sweetwater counties. A notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 17, 2013, opening a public scoping period. In addition, BLM authorization of this proposed project may require an amendment to the 2007 Casper Resource Management Plan; therefore, the NOI also serves to initiate the public scoping period for this possible plan amendment.

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company LP propose to develop approximately 4,250 natural gas and oil wells in the Moneta Divide Project area located in Fremont and Natrona counties. The project area encompasses approximately 265,000 acres of land, of which 169,500 acres are public lands administered by the BLM. The southern portion of a proposed product pipeline associated with the project is located on public lands in Sweetwater County. The balance of the development project area consists of state and private lands

The BLM will prepare an EIS to analyze the proposed project and possible land use plan amendment. Project information and documents will be posted on the website here.

To provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposal and project information, the BLM will host public meetings in Casper, Lander and Riverton. BLM resource specialists will be available to provide information, answer questions and receive public comments. Comment forms will be available.

Date and Time


Tuesday, February 12, 20135-7 p.m. Casper: Natrona County Public LibraryCrawford Meeting Room307 East 2nd Street
Wednesday, February 13, 20135-7 p.m. Lander: Best WesternWind River Conference Room260 Grand View Drive
Thursday, February 14, 20135-7 p.m. Riverton: Holiday InnTaggarts Conference Room900 East Sunset Drive

Public input is valuable early in the process and will enable the BLM to develop a well-informed EIS. Comments should be received by March 4, 2013. Written comments may be emailed to or mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, Attn: Chris Krassin, Project Manager, 1335 Main St., Lander, WY 82520.

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 Project Manager Chris Krassin at 307-332-8400.

–Bureau of Land Management