Bridger-Teton extends timeline for Eagle Prospect well proposal
Planned to be released by late fall, most likely in November
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
April 7, 2008
Bridger-Teton National Forest has decided to extend the timeline for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Eagle Prospect and Nobel Basin Master Development Plan project, also known as the Plains Exploration and Production Company or PXP proposal.
The DEIS is now planned for release by late fall of 2008, most likely in November. The DEIS was originally scheduled to be released in May of 2008.
“Based on the comments we received during the scoping period of this analysis, it would be best if we extended the timeframe to allow us to better look at some of the issues,” said Clark. The scoping period on the Eagle Prospect DEIS closed February 7, 2008.
Issues raised during the scoping period included air quality concerns, wildlife issues, mitigation measures and a need to look at more alternatives. In order to meet these issues, detail air modeling and additional environmental studies will be completed.
The proposal from PXP is to conduct drilling for oil and gas resources on the Bridger-Teton seven miles southeast of Bondurant. The analysis was expanded after a June 2007 request by PXP for the Forest to include a potential field development scenario or Master Development Plan (MDP) in the analysis.
The draft EIS that was first provided to the public early in 2007 generated over 19,000 comments on the proposal.
“We expanded the analysis because PXP’s June 2007 request for a full development alternative was a substantial change in the proposed action we analyzed in the original DEIS,” said Clark.