The Buffalo Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management released their proposed final Fortification Creek Planning Area Resource Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment March 18th.
Tom Bills, National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator with the BLM's Buffalo Field Office, said this amendment is the last chance to comment on the plan.
Bills said there are three alternatives in the plan, with the third alternative preferred.
Alternative 3 would permit "Coalbed Natural Gas" (CBNG) development to be phased with measures designed to protect elk and their habitat, and to also protect highly erodible soils in the area. An "Area of Critical Environmental Concern" (ACEC) would not be established.
Overhead power would be allowed to cross BLM lands along established roads or within other existing disturbance corridors.
And finally, operators would be responsible for achieving elk and reclamation performance standards before the BLM would process and issue permits to drill.
Bills was asked what happens after this comment period closes next month.
The entire BLM proposed plan can be viewed at the Buffalo Field Office on West Fort Street, at local Libraries, or online at