At the request of the Johnson County Commissioners, the Bureau of Land Management will be presenting quarterly updates on projects, plans and other information concerning their field office in Buffalo and their jurisdictional area in northeast Wyoming.
Duane Spencer with the BLM spoke to the commissioners at last week's meeting, telling them the office is working on their Resource Management Plan Revision and also working on their emissions ordinances for air quality. They expect to have them completed within the next six months.
Oil and gas permit applications were received for 980 wells this year, but so far there are 2,400 approved and undrilled wells that are stagnant, due to the low price of natural gas, Spencer surmised.
Coal leasing is maintaining levels, mainly through new leases for existing coal mines for future development, he said.
The Fortification Creek Resource Management Plan had one protest that has subsequently been thrown out. And the BLM is looking to re-address agreements with local entities on fire mitigation, to improve communication and better understanding due to an incident that occurred in Campbell Count this summer.
Finally, Spencer told the commissioners the BLM is examining a new procedure to bring new life to existing depleted coalbed methane wells.
He explains the process.
A company called Pioneer Energy is spearheading the studies on the process, Spencer said.