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Sublette Examiner
Volume 5, Number 4 - April 21, 2005
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Reporter's Notes

Ag Committee

The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Agriculture, Public Lands and Water Resources Interim Committee, has announced the Committee will meet: at 8 a.m. April 25 and at 8:30 a.m. April 26 in the Riverton City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to obtain information on interim study topics and/or determine if draft legislation is needed in areas of: Board of Agriculture, Livestock Board, anti-trust, youth leadership, weed and pest, grain indemnity account, animal identification, livestock dealers, abandonment of sheep, land use restriction compensation, enforcement of recreation abuses on state lands and Hawk Springs conservation district.

Protest procedures

The procedures and requirements for filing a protest to the Bureau of Land Management's decision to offer parcels for lease in competitive oil and gas lease sales have been changed. Effective with the June 7, oil and gas lease sale, all protests must meet the following criteria:

The protest must be received no later than close of business (4 p.m. local time) on the 30th day from the date the lease sale was posted in the Wyoming State Office Public Room.

The protest must state the interest or standing of the party filing the protest in the matter.

The protest must be received in hard copy form. A protest filed by facsimile machine or electronic mail and not followed will be dismissed.

The protest must bear the original signature of the party making the protest. If the protesting entity is not an individual, the relationship between it and the signatory must be disclosed.

BLM is establishing a deadline for filing protests and statements of reasons to protests to ensure an orderly process, appropriate announcement at the sale and an attempt to meet the statutory deadline for issuance of oil and gas leases.

Stewart Point drilling pondered

The Bureau of Land Management office in Pinedale is asking the public for input to the proposed Stewart Point drilling projects located in the Sensitive Viewshed Management Area (MA-4) as designated through the Pinedale Anticline Record of Decision. Questar Exploration and Production has proposed up to 17 wells from three drill pads, three and a half miles southwest of Pinedale.

As specified in the Pinedale Anticline ROD, the BLM will solicit public input during the Application for Permit to Drill process for wells located in MA-4. The Pinedale BLM is encouraging the public to participate in an on-site review tour of the proposed drill pads. The tour begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at the Pinedale BLM office. The BLM will lead the tour, but participants need to provide their own transportation.

"It's important that everyone who has an interest in this project provide their input to help us make sound decisions," said Max McCoy, BLM Pinedale project coordinator. The Pinedale BLM Office will accept comments in person, by mail, or through the Pinedale BLM's public mailbox on the Internet. The office will accept comments by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25.

For more information concerning this project, please contact Max McCoy at (307) 367-5304.

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