The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it would conduct an environmental review for a proposed drilling project in Wyoming. The potential 265,000-acre Moneta Divide oil and natural gas field is located west of Casperand could include 4,250 new wells, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
The project has been proposed by Encana Oil and Gas Inc., which operates the Jonah Gas Field near Pinedale, Wyoming, and a gas field in Pavillion, Wyoming. The company is also planning to develop a new field next toJonah called the Normally Pressured Lance project, the article stated. Burlington Oil and Gas Co. is also part of the Moneta Divide field project.
The BLM could take years to complete its Environmental Impact Statement process. The federal agency is first collecting public input through March on the proposed oil and gas field, the Star-Tribune reported. If the project is approved, Paul Ulrich, project lead for Moneta Divide, said the field could produce several hundred jobs during the 10- to 15-year drilling phase.
According to a recent study by energy consulting firm IHS, Wyoming's shale gas development projects could support about 23,600 jobs throughout the state by 2020. The Star-Tribune said shale energy has already created 17,800 jobs in Wyoming.