BLM will host gas development review team meeting in Wyoming

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Rawlins, Wyo., field office announced that it will host the 2016 annual meeting of the Atlantic Rim natural gas development review team on Dec. 10 in that southern Wyoming community.

The team is made up of federal, state, county, and private entities charged with monitoring implementation of the project’s 2007 record of decision that authorized multiple operators to develop the 270,080-acre project, officials said. It selected an alternative that involves drilling 2,000 wells within the project area south of Rawlins, with a maximum 7,600-acre surface disturbance at any given time and a 6.5-acre/well site short-term ratio of less than 6 years.

Meeting topics will include review of annual activity, reclamation monitoring and effectiveness, performance goal evaluation, and updates from the mule deer, greater sage grouse, songbird, and sensitive fish working groups, officials indicated.

Nearly 1.35 bcf of gas is expected to be produced during the project’s lifetime, they said. Site-specific environmental assessments are conducted for each new surface disturbing activity, including well pads, roads, pipelines, and ancillary facilities, they added.

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