BLM Updates Johnson County On Minerals, Sage Grouse

BLM Updates Johnson County On Minerals, Sage Grouse

The Bureau of Land Management's Buffalo Field Office Manager Duane Spencer spoke to the Johnson County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday, updating them on current revisions and plans concerning Resources in the Powder River Basin.

Spencer said there has been a revision of what he called the Reasonable Foreseeable Development Scenario,l and he explains what that is and why the revision was necessary.

CBM development has slowed significantly, he said, and the office has been working on permitting for oil drilling, which has increased recently. The office has also been working on nine coal lease sales in Campbell County and limited methanogenesis testing has been happening at the Buckskin Mine north of Gillette.
Methanogenesis is the controversial theory of injecting coalbed seams with bacteria to stimulate CBM production.

There have also been revisions to the Sage Grouse Management Plan, with the BLM working with private landowners and other entities to try to keep the grouse from being listed as an endangered species.

Janelle Gonzales, who is working the revision for the BLM, said information is being compiled and will be sent to the BLM's main office in Washington, DC for study before a public comment period this summer or fall.

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