The Bureau of Land Management will host two scoping meetings for the Greater Crossbow Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Project Environmental Impact Statement in Douglas and Gillette, Wyo.

  • The Douglas meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at Eastern Wyoming College, 800 S. Wind River Drive, Douglas, Wyoming. Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. with presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • The Gillette meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 at the Campbell County Public Library, 2101 4-J Road, Gillette, Wyoming. Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. with presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The BLM is the lead agency for the development of the EIS for the proposed Project. The BLM is working with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal, state and local agencies as cooperating agencies in the preparation of this EIS.

The project area is between Wright and Bill, Wyoming, primarily west of WY Highway 59. The project area is about 107,000 acres, which includes approximately 93,000 acres of private surface (87 percent of the project area), 8,200 acres of surface administered by the State of Wyoming (eight percent of the project area), and 5,700 acres of the Thunder Basin National Grassland administered by the USFS (five percent of the project area).

There are no BLM-administered public lands within the project area. The project area includes about 66,000 acres (62 percent of the project area) of BLM-administered public fluid mineral estate. The remainder of the project area has fluid minerals managed by the State of Wyoming or private owners.

The Notice of Intent to prepare the EIS was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 26, 2015, initiating a public scoping period which will end on Dec. 31, 2015. Comments received during the scoping period will be considered during the development of the EIS.

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

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