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Mon August 4, 2008
EPA seeks more details on Pinedale plan
By Peter O'Dowd
Laramie, Wyo. – The Environmental Protection Agency wants more details and firmer timelines from the Bureau of Land Management on its development plans near Pinedale.
The E-P-A sent a letter on Friday to the B-L-M regarding the future of drilling 44-hundred new wells on the Pinedale Anticline.
The E-P-A's Larry Svoboda says the B-L-M's plan still lacks details on how the agency will improve visibility, reduce ozone emissions and keep benzene from reaching groundwater.
"We are asking them to put more specifics in the record of decision regarding what they will be doing to make sure any further contamination is prevented and a time table for doing that," Svoboda says. "The same goes for ozone."
Svoboda says that despite these omissions in the B-L-M's plan, both agencies have been working well together to get a final environmental impact statement in place.