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In support of the Trump administration’s goals of promoting responsible U.S. energy independence and supporting jobs and local economies, the Bureau of Land Management Casper Field Office today released a final impact statement on the environment and proposed an amendment to the Resource Management Plan for the Converse County Oil and Gas Project. Posting a notice in today’s Federal Register begins a 30-day protest period that ends on August 23, 2020.
“Under the leadership of the Trump administration and Secretary Bernhardt, the BLM has paved the way for the responsible expansion of our nation’s energy potential,” the Senior Assistant Under Secretary for Land and Minerals Management said, Casey Hammond. “This proposed amendment would allow for the sustainable development of the region’s oil and gas resources, while balancing wildlife conservation in the region and providing significant economic benefits to the state of Wyoming.”
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The Converse County EIS is evaluating a proposal to develop oil and gas resources in Converse County, Wyoming, submitted by Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Devon Energy, EOG Resources, Inc. and Northwoods Energy. The group of operators proposes to drill approximately 5,000 oil and natural gas wells in Converse County on an area of approximately 1.5 million acres over a 10-year period. The amendment to the resource management plan proposed by the BLM would modify the Casper RMP to allow for a reduction in lead times in the project area so as to balance regulatory certainty for year-round drilling with conservation of other raptor species. than eagles.
“At a time when our state faces significant economic challenges, the decision to move forward confirms my belief that the oil and gas industry will remain an engaged, responsible and vital part of the Wyoming economy,” as well as a precious partner for his people ”. Governor Mark Gordon said. “This project establishes a cohesive framework for energy development in Converse County. The State of Wyoming appreciates the coordination of the BLM which has taken into account the needs of industry, wildlife conservation and the local economy. It took a while, but in the end I can’t wait to see this important project come to fruition.
“Oil and gas development is a cornerstone of Wyoming’s economy. The Converse County Oil and Gas Project is estimated to bring thousands of jobs and substantial revenue to our state, ”said Wyoming Senator John Barrasso. “The final environmental impact statement for this project was a long time coming. It is the result of years of work and collaboration between federal, state and local stakeholders. I look forward to taking a close look and taking one more step towards making this Wyoming energy and jobs project a reality. “
“Today’s announcement is great news for our state. I am pleased to see that the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Converse County Oil and Gas Project and the proposed Resource Management Plan have been released. This 5,000-well project, which provides year-round drilling, will be a vital source of jobs and economic growth for Wyoming as we continue to recover from COVID-19. Our state’s fossil fuels are a national treasure and I am pleased that this important project is moving forward, ”said Wyoming MP Liz Cheney.
“The Converse County EIS is a long overdue path to the energy independence of the United States and the responsible and balanced development of Wyoming and Converse County’s resources,” said Converse County Commissioner Jim Willox. “The jobs, tax revenues and energy that this region has the potential to generate will benefit generations to come.”
If approved, the proposed project could generate up to 8,000 jobs and about $ 18 billion to $ 28 billion in federal revenue, which would be shared with the state of Wyoming.
The BLM coordinated with Native American tribes, federal agencies, state and local governments, developers, and other interested parties throughout the EIA process to solicit feedback on issues and information on resources for the project, and our proposed action reflects the advice and recommendations they provided. . You can find out more by clicking here.
Anyone who was involved in the planning process for this proposed PMP change and who is, or may be, adversely affected by the decisions may challenge the approval of the change. All complaints must be received in writing or electronically through the project’s ePlanning website by August 31, 2020.
Instructions for filing a complaint with the BLM can be found online or at 43 CFR 1610.5-2.