Western Wyoming Natural Gas Development Project Moves Forward
Pinedale, WY. – If approved, the Normally Pressured Lance natural gas project could unlock up to 7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas providing a reliable energy source for America. The proposed project could also create somewhere in the relm of 950 jobs during it’s development phase and generate $17.85 billion in total project revenues, with $1.1 billion expected to go to the State of Wyoming.
“Wyoming’s Energy Strategy included a goal of getting at least three major Environmental Impact Statements finished for large scale energy projects in the state,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “The release of the final environmental analysis of the Normally Pressured Lance natural gas project is exciting, and it is the second project that will have a completed Environmental Impact Statement – a win for Wyoming in all ways. I look forward to the conclusion of this process when the Bureau of Land Management signs the final Record of Decision. Thank you to Secretary Zinke for his help on this project for Wyoming.”
Conservationists concerned over sage grouse that inhabit the area have voiced their opposition of the project.
In the proposal, Jonah Energy LLC, is looking to drill up to 3,500 directional natural gas wells over a 10-year period south of Pinedale. The project area is located south and west of the already existing Jonah and Pinedale gas fields in Sublette County. Approximately 96 percent of the project area is on public lands managed by the BLM.
“The NPL project is important to Wyoming and the nation,” says BLM Deputy Director Brian Steed. “It will provide valuable natural gas to power the country, significant royalty revenue to the state and Treasury, and the type of jobs that support western communities.”
A final decision on approval of the project is expected within 30 days.