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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 8, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com ,A BY BRENDA TENBOER and gas companies. The Bureau of Land Claire Mosely of the Management hosted an non-profit Washington, open house Monday eveningD.C.-based Public Lands at its Worland office with a Advocacy group is an old focus on the Big Horn Ba-hand when it comes to fed- sin Resource Management eral and state regulations Plan, but the event left and policy revision. Mosely some folks scratching their said she has followed simi- heads, lar land-use plan revisions Citation Oil & Gas over the course of the past Corp. Regional Manager 20 years. Bob Christofferson, an ad- "Every plan is more re- mitted late-comer to the strictive than the original," game with the RMP projectshe said. already more than a year in Mosely, who represents the works, said he wants to the interests of oil and gas understand why the plan is producers, said she has big being revised at all. concerns about an alterna- "It is my understanding tive plan that was submit- the plan is being changedted to the BLM by an envi- due to pressure from envi- ronmental group. ronmental groups," Christ- "I don't think the BLM offerson said. "If that is needs to give that any more true, then it is certainly not play than any other scoping going to be to the advantage document," she said. of the local economy. People Moselys primary con- might not like it, but the cern is that producers will Big Horn Basin relies on oil be limited to old fields, and gas production." something that's "not been Christofferson said hegiven a lot of thought by feared stringent regula- certain folks." Clans would be put in place '%Ve need new discover- during the revision and ies in the mix to replenish that surface area would be- reserves," she said. come locked with no chance Great strides have been for future exploration, made in the industry to in- Christofferson also said crease production from old that his company repre- fields, but Americans can- sentatives were instructed not rely solely on those ad- to funnel correspondence vances, according to Mose- through the cooperators ly. within their county, mean- WILDLIFE ADVOCATES ing the Campbell County At least two members Commission. of the National Wildlife "ButI'mlookingthrough Federation were on hand to this book of comments anddiscuss their position with I'm seeing individual cam- BLM staff and the public. pany letterhead," he said. Documents released in Individual letters of February showed the re- comment were on display at sults of analysis of 52 ar- the open house from Fidel- eas spanning at least 5,000 ity, Marathon and NGP oilsquare miles. Powell Office Supply 265 N. Bent P.O. Box 230 Powell, WY 82438 307-754-4154 Wednesday is Double Print Day -- 2nd set is free! One ho fi! SUNLIGHT 101N. Bent PHOTOGRAPHICS 754-5731 ................................... Chris Carlton, RMP for the final revision plan. proved to facilitate certain The fourth alterna- liaison with an office in The BLM has an- aspects of the project very tive will be a balance of the Cheyenne, explained that nounced that all future co- well, according to Grant.two. just because an area has operator meetings are now Grant said ERG of Mis-Carlton said once the wilderness characteristicsopen to the public, howev-soula has worked at a cost draft RMP is introduced like solitude and few or no er, there are no meetings of $105,000 thus far. early in 2011, the public roads doesn't mean the land scheduled until the alterna- "We've put $20,000 in will again have an oppor- is destined to become re- tives are made public in an the budget and legislators tunity to provide input that stricted, estimated 10 or 11 months,have fully funded it so far," could change the way the If the specific area Big Horn County Cam- he said. "Depending on how plan looks. meets the criteria then atmissioner Keith Grant has the draft comes out, we "People shouldn't lose least one alternative willactively followed the RMP could be looking at a total of sight of the fact that this include protection for that process and also attended $150,000 to $200,000." thing is still ongoing and area. the open house in Worland. The draft revision plan there is still a chance for Carlton said that some "I really appreciate the will contain four alterna- comment," he said. "There areas have overlapping BLM agreeing to have co- tives, one representing no was a lot of concern about types of protection and that operators meeting public in action and leaving the plan the meetings not being open common sense is needed in the future," Grant said. as is, according to Carlton. to the public and we hope to determining which areas '%Ve've had a lot of meet- One version is "conser- have more public outreach should be restricted, ings and worked with the vation oriented" with thewith maybe some field trips "It might mee all the multiple use sustainability interests of environmental scheduled." wilderness characteristicsin mind," Grant said. groups represented in theTours of wilderness ar- but may be right next door"I believe the best inter-most favorable light, eas and other outings to to a proposed oil and gas de- ests of Big Horn County are The third version willgive the public a chance to velopment," Carlton said. represented, but we won't be drafted to be "develop- see first hand just how the Cooperator meetings know urLtil after the draft ment oriented" with the process works are planned. have been closed to the pub- is out." oil and gas industries most Grant said that in Big lic as county commissioners The four Big Horn Basin favorable outcomes repre-Horn County he would be and staff from conservation counties -- Park, Washakie, sented, asking the conservation districts, Wyoming Game Hot Springs and Big Horn ?The second and third districts in Lovell and Grey- & Fish and other entities -- agreed to share the cost versions will be as far apart bull to host open houses worked with BLM staff to to hire a consultant to work as possible and still be rea- that would include a ques- identify four alternativeson the project, a move that sonable," Carlton said. tion-and-answer session. NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION The Board of Directors of the Northwest Rural Water District ("District") hereby gives notice that on Tuesday, the 4th day of May, 2010, between the hours of 12:00 o'clock noon at 6:00 o'clock p.m., an election will be held to fill two (2) upcoming va- cancies for four (4) year terms from Park or Big Horn County, Wyoming, on the District board of Directors. The names of all qualified candidates are as follows: Ann M. Ayers (4 year term) Walter G. Brantz (4 year term) A person is qualified to vote in person or by absentee ballot if they: are a U.S. citizen; are a bona fide resident of the District; will be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the elec- tion; is a registered voter in the county in which they would be voting; are not currently adjudicated mentally incompetent; and have not been convicted of a felony, or if so convicted, have had their civil rights restored. District residents living in Park County may only vote at the Bar- ling Room, Park County Courthouse, 1002 Sheridan Avenue in Cody, Wyoming. District residents living in Big Horn County may only vote at the Big Horn County Lovel! Annex, 355 E. 5th Street, in Loveli, Wyoming. Any District resident may vote by absentee ballot beginning April 9, 2010 up to 5:00 p.m. on May 4, 2010. Absentee ballots may be picked up or requested from the District office at 920 13th Street in Cody, Wyoming, (307) 527-4426. Absentee ballots will only be counted if they are received in the District office in Cody, Wyo- ming, by 5:00 p.m., May 4, 2010, or received at a voting location described above during voting hours. Within seven (7) days of the election, the election shall be can- vassed by a canvassing board drawn from the membership of the District and the District Secretary pursuant to Chapter 16 of the Wyoming Election Code of 1973, as amended, and W.S. 22-29-114. 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