Fortification Creek gas development monitoring meeting scheduled

(Press release) — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO) will host a Fortification Creek Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) Monitoring meeting on Nov. 19.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the BLM Buffalo Field Office, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, Wyoming.

As part of the Fortification Creek RMPA Decision Record the BFO committed to an annual public meeting to discuss development and monitoring of performance standards. This year’s meeting will focus on Anadarko’s reclamation efforts following their 2013 well drilling and the response of the elk herd and their habitat.

Four Plans of Development (POD) have been authorized to date, Anadarko Petroleum’s Camp John SMA Phase 1 Year 1 POD with 56 wells, Yates Petroleum Corporation’s Queen B POD with 15 wells, Yates’ Elsie POD with seven wells, and Anadarko’s Camp John SMA Phase 1 Year 2 POD with 25 wells.

An agenda for the meeting is available online here.

The Fortification Creek Planning Area is located in Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties, Wyo. encompassing 100,655 acres. It is home to a resident elk herd, a Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and has large areas of steep slopes and sensitive soils. There is interest in developing the area for coal-bed methane and other forms of oil and gas. The Fortification Creek RMPA established seven performance standards for elk protection and a reclamation standard that operators must meet in order to develop.

For more information, contact Thomas Bills at (307) 684-1133.

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