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True Oil seeks to drill in Bridger-Teton National Forest, public comment period begins today

True Oil seeks to drill in Bridger-Teton National Forest, public comment period begins today

(Big Piney, Wyo.) – The Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking public comments on an exploration proposal approximately 22 miles northwest of Big Piney in Sublette County, Wyoming. True Oil, LLC (True), is proposing to drill two wells from two well pads (one well on each well pad). One well pad is existing and would be expanded. The other well pad has been reclaimed and would be reconstructed. A water supply well would be drilled on a third existing well pad to support drilling and completion and any additional required water would be trucked in. Copies of True’s Exploratory Proposal are available for review at the Forest Service Big Piney Ranger District Office. Digital copies of True’s proposal and a project map are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/btnf/projects. “True Oil isn’t a new company on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. They have held three oil/gas leases in production since 1982. Three natural gas producing wells were drilled in the 1980s and one natural gas producing well was drilled in 2001,” said Mary Cernicek, public affairs officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. “The Bridger-Teton did Conduct public project scoping in the spring of 2012, but the applicant has made changes to the proposal and that additional information is reflected in the proposal.” This comment period provides the second formal opportunity to respond to the proposed action and the scope of the environmental analysis that will be conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Comments concerning the scope of the analysis were solicited from March 15, 2012 to May 15, 2012. Those who commented during the 2012 scoping process are eligible to participate in the objection process, and those comments will be considered in the current NEPA analysis. The Lander Peak Area Exploratory Proposal is now subject to the pre-decisional objection process (36 CFR 218.7 parts A and B), and is no longer subject to the appeal process (36 CFR 215) as noted in the 2012 scoping letter. The new regulations provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and tribal entities to file an objection to a project before the final decision is signed. “Before the Bridger-Teton begins its Environmental Assessment of this proposal, the Forest is gathering any concerns or comments from the public,” said Cernicek. “The Environmental Assessment will also be made available for public review and comment once it is drafted. The scoping notice is the first formal opportunity to respond to the proposed action. The scoping process will assist the Bridger-Teton in identifying specific issues to be addressed related to the purpose and need and the scope of the decision. “ To eligible to file an objection to the draft decision which is anticipated in 2016, comments must be received within 30 days of publication of the legal notice in the Casper Star-Tribune announcing this comment period. Check the website above for that publication date. Written comments should be sent to Mike Thom, Acting District Ranger, Big Piney Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest, US Highway 189, P.O. Box 218, Big Piney, Wyoming 83113. Comments may be submitted via email at comments-intermtn-bridger-teton-big-piney@fs.fed.us (subject line should read “Lander Peak Exploratory Proposal”). For more information, contact Anita DeLong, NEPA Coordinator, by email: akdelong@fs.fed.us or by phone: 307-886-5329. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered; however, anonymous comments will not provide the agency with the ability to provide the respondent with subsequent environmental documents. Only those who previously responded or respond to this request for comments will remain on the mailing list for this project. h/t: Creative Commons #shortgo