UPDATE: BLM Wyoming has issued a correction to their Thursday release. The public comment period for the proposal is open until Aug. 31 rather than Aug. 23. This story has been updated to reflect the correction.
CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming said on Thursday, July 30 that they have completed a “final environmental analysis and proposed land use plan amendment for the Converse County Oil and Gas Project.”
BLM Wyoming says the project could create up to 8,000 jobs and between $18-$28 billion in state and federal revenues.
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The project involves a proposal to develop oil and gas resources in Converse. BLM Wyoming says the proposal was submitted by the following companies:
- Occidental Petroleum Corporation
- Chesapeake Energy Corporation
- Devon Energy
- EOG Resources, Inc.
- Northwoods Energy
“The operator group proposes to drill approximately 5,000 oil and natural gas wells in Converse County in an area encompassing approximately 1.5 million acres over a 10-year period,” BLM Wyoming says.
The agency adds that their proposed amendment to the resource management plan would “allow for timing limitation relief in the project area in a manner that balances regulatory certainty for year-round drilling with the conservation of non-eagle raptor species.”
“In 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 a committed, responsible and vital part of Wyoming’s economy, as well as a valued partner to her people,” Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said in the BLM’s announcement. “This project builds a consistent framework for energy development in Converse County.”
“The State of Wyoming values the BLM’s coordination that took into account industry needs, wildlife conservation and the local economy. It took a long time, but in the end I am eager to see this important project come to fruition.”
The BLM Wyoming said that they published notice of the final environmental analysis and proposed land use plan amendment in the Federal Register on Thursday.
“The publication of a notice in today’s Federal Register begins a 30-day protest period that will end August 23, 2020,” BLM Wyoming says. “Anyone who participated in the planning process for this proposed RMP amendment and who is, or may be, adversely affected by the decisions may protest the amendment’s approval.”
BLM Wyoming says all protests to the proposal must be received by Aug. 31. Those can be submitted in writing or at the project’s ePlanning website. Instructions for how to file a protest are available from the BLM Wyoming website.
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.