Federal review could help energy company expand in Wyoming

Oil Pump Jack, Photo Date: August 13, 2008 / Cropped Photo: Paul Lowry / CC BY 2.0 / (MGN)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A federal agency has released a draft environmental review that could help advance an energy firm's plans for an expanded Wyoming project.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that the federal Bureau of Land Management released a draft Thursday of its environmental analysis of Aethon Energy's Moneta Divide Oil and Gas Development Project, which includes plans to expand by more than 4,000 wells.

Most of the project's 300,000 acres (about 121,408 hectares) are federally managed, while 23% is private and 10% belongs to the state.

The analysis considers four alternatives for development, including a company proposal to add about 325 wells per year for a 15-year development period and 65 years for the full project.

Regulators will choose a plan after taking public comment and consulting with other agencies.