BLM seeking public comment on the Jonah Year-Round Development Project Environmental Assessment
15-Day comment period open - Deadline for public comment is Feb. 22, 2016
by Bureau of Land Management
February 8, 2016
The BLM’s Pinedale Field Office has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Jonah Year-Round Development Project Area. The EA analyses a proposal from Jonah Energy LLC and LINN Operating, Inc. to conduct year-round development for a 5-year period in the northern portion of the Jonah Infill Development Project Area (JIDPA). Development in the JIDPA was analyzed in an EIS and approved in a Record of Decision (ROD) issued in 2006. The release of the EA also begins a 15-day public comment period that will close on Feb. 22, 2016. The EA is available for review at http://1.usa.gov/1Kv2HEf.
The EA analyzes the development of natural gas well pads, access roads, and pipeline corridors situated approximately 21 miles south of Boulder, Wyoming. Specifically, the development of about 245 natural gas wells by Jonah Energy LLC’s and LINN Operating, Inc. in the northern third of the Jonah Field within the JIDPA.
The proposed project requests that BLM approve an exception to existing time limitations on development related to wildlife, the proposal would significantly reduce the development footprint in the area relative to what is authorized under the current JIDPA ROD. While the number of wells (245) would remain the same, the number of well pads would be reduced from 245 to 24 and the total disturbance would drop from 1315 acres to 232 acres. These reductions ensure that the proposed project would not cause Jonah Field development to exceed the well number or disturbance thresholds previously analyzed in the 2006 Jonah Infill Drilling Project Final Environmental Impact Statement.
Written comments will be accepted until Feb. 22, 2016, and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure comments are considered please include "Jonah YRD Project Area Comment" in the subject line.
Public comments are also being accepted by mail delivery to the following address.
BLM Pinedale Field Office
Attn: Brian Roberts
1625 West Pine Street
P.O. Box 768
Pinedale, WY 82941
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