BTNF hosts public meetings for Oil and Gas leasing in the Wyoming Range in Pinedale and Daniel
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
April 20, 2016
The Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest will be hosting two public meetings in the towns of Pinedale and Daniel, Wyoming on April 29, and May 6, 2016, respectively. The meetings will cover information regarding the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) of Oil and Gas operations in the Wyoming Range of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
The first public meeting will be held on April 29, at the Sublette County Library located at 155 S. Tyler Ave. Pinedale, WY 82941, from 4:00-6:00pm. The second meeting will be held on May 6, at the Daniel Community Center located at 18 Schoolhouse Lane, County Road 208, Daniel, WY 83115, from 5:00-7:00pm. Both public meetings will have maps of the areas under analysis as well as the DEIS documents. The public is highly encouraged to attend and submit comments.
The DSEIS has four alternatives. The Forest Supervisor has identified Alternative 1, no leasing, as the preferred alternative. She will review comments received on the Draft SEIS, and prepare a draft Record of Decision to be released with the Final SEIS. The Final SEIS is expected in October 2016, and the decision is expected in January 2017, after any objections have been responded to by the Forest. The new decision will supersede previous decisions on these 30 lease parcels. Depending on the Forest Service’s decision, the Bureau of Land Management will decide which parcels would be offered for lease with appropriate stipulations, which parcels will be deferred, which parcels are not available for leasing, and which parcels are canceled. These parcels under analysis were previously identified as suitable and available for oil and gas leasing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan.
For those that cannot attend the public meetings but would like to comment on the proposal can do so by submitted in writing (either by letter or electronic). Letters should be sent to: Donald Kranendonk, District Ranger, Big Piney Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest, 10418 South U.S. Highway 189, P.O. Box 218, Big Piney, WY 83113. Electronic comments can be submitted via: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=48737.