Vernal, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (VFO) announces that the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Koch Exploration Company’s (Koch) North Alger Project is available for public comment. The 30-day public comment period begins on October 12, 2012, and ends on November 12, 2012.
Koch proposes to drill up to 124 wells, both vertically and directionally, from 19 well pads on existing federal oil and gas leases. Approximately 6.7 miles of new access roads and up to 15 miles of lateral and gathering gas pipelines would be constructed under the proposed action. The project would be located in the North Alger area of Uintah County, Utah, approximately 40 miles southwest of Vernal, Utah. Further details are outlined in the EA where potential environmental impacts of the proposed action are analyzed and disclosed. The EA is available on the BLM VFO website at: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_.html.
Please reference the North Alger EA when submitting your comments. Comments, including names, e-mail addresses, and street addresses of respondents will be available for public review at the BLM Vernal Field Office during regular business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday), except federal holidays. Comments and related personally-identifying information will be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and comments may be published as part of the EA and other related documents.
Individual respondents may request confidentiality. If you wish to withhold your name, street address, or email address from public review and disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your written comment. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowed by law.
All submissions from organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety. Anonymous comments will not be accepted. Written comments will be accepted until close of business on November 12, 2012.