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Citation Label: WY007
Publication Name: Atlantic Rim Natural Gas Field Final Environmental Impact Statement
Publication Type: Project NEPA Document
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Author Name: Bureau of Land Management
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Publication Year: 2006
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Annotation: This environmental impact statement (EIS) was developed to evaluate the impacts from the Atlantic Rim Natural Gas Project, which is located in Carbon County, Wyoming. For this project, Anadarko E & P Company, LP (AEPC) and other operators propose developing coal bed natural gas (CBNG) and conventional gas wells on federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Rawlins Field Office (RFO). Appendix E includes wildlife BMPs; Appendix H includes BMPs for Water, Soils, Cultural resources. This document also includes a description of BLM Cultural Resource Procedures in Appendix I.
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Recommended -- The FSEIS [and DSEIS] is not a decision document. Its purpose is to inform the public and interested parties of the BLM's analysis of potential impacts associated with implementing the company's drilling proposal and other alternatives. FEIS Dear Reader Letter, Pg. 2 Appendix E --"The wildlife protection measures proposed herein have been developed from past measures identified for oil and gas developments in Wyoming. Additional measures may be included and/or existing measures may be modified in any given year as allowable and as deemed appropriate by BLM in consultation with other agencies, operators and interested parties." Required - Appendix H: "These Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be applied under all alternatives as Conditions of Approval where proposals conflict with identified resources." Page H-1 Recommended -- Appendix L - "APPENDIX L. RESOURCE CONCERNS AND ASSOCIATED PROTECTION MEASURES PROPOSED UNDER ALTERNATIVE C" Page L-1
Ownership: Federal -- "The BLM does not control or authorize mineral development on private or state lands except for areas where BLM controls the mineral rights. Approximately 2 percent of the ARPA is a combination of private land surface with underlying federal mineral estate. In addition to administering the federal lands with underlying federal minerals the BLM has the authority to manage the federal mineral estate when the surface may be held in private ownership. Because proposals to remove federal minerals are considered actions subject to federal approval, the BLM must comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before authorizing such actions. In cases where development is proposed on private or state lands, but access through BLM-managed lands is necessary, BLM will conduct the appropriate level of NEPA analysis, including cumulative impacts resulting from the private actions, prior to authorizing the right-of-way." Pg. 1-7