BLM Seeks Public Comment on Horsebench Natural Gas Development Proposal

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BLM Press Release

PRICE, Utah – In support of the Administration’s priority to promote America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management Price Field Office seeks public comment on an environmental assessment for the Horsebench Natural Gas Development Project, located 36 miles north of Price, Utah. This announcement initiates a 14-day public comment period.

“The BLM welcomes public comments because public involvement is an integral part in our evaluation of the proposal,” said Chris Conrad, Price Field Manager. “We look forward to receiving comments and will consider this input before finalizing our analyses and making important decisions affecting our local communities.”

XTO Energy Inc. submitted a proposal to the BLM to develop natural gas resources from its mineral lease in the Horsebench Project Area. XTO indicated conceptual locations of approximately 19 potential well pads for up to 175 wells from which natural gas resources would be developed. XTO expects that a significant amount of the proposed development area would ultimately produce enough natural gas to be economically viable.

XTO proposes to apply for rights-of-way to construct, operate and/or maintain co-located access roads and production-supporting gathering pipelines within linear corridors that support the proposed wells. XTO would conduct interim reclamation on areas not used for production purposes. The wells would be located within the project area determined in the Record of Decision for the West Tavaputs Plateau Natural Gas Full Field Development Plan Environmental Impact Statement, signed in July 2010.

The public is encouraged to submit comments online through BLM’s ePlanning project page at https://goo.gl/QW6JSE. On the website, the public can view the proposal and maps. Comments can be added by clicking the “Documents” tab, then clicking the “Comment on Document” button.

Comments will be accepted until April 26.  Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action.  Comments should be as specific as possible.  Comments that contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process.  Please reference “Horsebench” when submitting comments.

Written comments may be mailed to the BLM Utah Price Field Office at 125 S. 600 W, Price, Utah 84501 (Attn. Horsebench Project c/o Bureau of Land Management) or emailed to Marc Johnson at mkjohnson@blm.gov.

Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable information in any comments, be aware that the entire commentincluding personal identifying informationmay be made publicly available at any time.  Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

For additional information, please contact Marc Johnson at 435-636-3650.  Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above individual.  The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Replies are provided during normal business hours.

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