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Noble Energy proposes seismic surveys on public land


blm_logo-300x261-7565098-5844352ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal by Noble Energy (Noble) to conduct 3D seismic surveys in the Huntington Valley and Jiggs area of Elko County, southeast of Elko for its oil and gas exploration lease.

The purpose of the 3-D seismic program is to gain a better understanding of the subsurface geology to determine if there is oil and gas potential and to determine the best locations for exploratory drilling. The proposed project will also provide information allowing identification of subsurface features that could impede drilling. Without the 3-D seismic program, the exploratory program would require significantly more exploratory wells. The seismic program reduces the exploratory drilling footprint that would otherwise be required and serves to narrow the areas within which Noble may propose to conduct exploratory drilling. Seismic data collection, recording, and cleanup are proposed to begin in September 2013 and would last for approximately 100 days.

The BLM is seeking input from members of the public interested in oil and gas exploration in the project area. All comments must be received by the Tuscarora Field Office by close of business on Feb. 8th. Comments may be mailed to 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko NV 89801, faxed to (775) 753-0255, or e-mailed to Tom Schmidt, project lead, at [email protected].

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Comments received may be used to develop alternatives to be considered in the preparation of an environmental analysis to be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. To review the project and map, please visit our website at www.blm.gov/rv5c under ‘NEPA, projects under National Environmental Policy Act review.’

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