Black boxes cover wellheads at the Christensen Ranch in-situ uranium mine near the Pumpkin Buttes in the southern Powder River Basin. This in-situ site is similar to what Cameco proposes for the Gas Hills. (Photo by Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile – http://wyofile.com)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The record of decision (ROD) for the Gas Hills In Situ Recovery Uranium Project is now available for review from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office.
The ROD authorizes Power Resources Inc., doing business as Cameco Resources, to develop uranium deposits using in situ recovery (ISR) techniques in the Gas Hills Mining District located in Fremont and Natrona counties, Wyoming. Planned facilities include injection, production and monitoring wells; well field header houses; pipelines; power lines; access roads; disposal ponds and satellite facilities. Approximately 1,300 acres will be disturbed by the development as analyzed in the environmental impact statement (EIS).
Cameco’s plan of operations has been approved with changes which include allowing additional on-site processing and requiring additional environmental protection measures and monitoring, ensuring that operations prevent undue or unnecessary degradation of public lands.
Initial public scoping for the Gas Hills In Situ Recovery Uranium Project was conducted in fall 2010. The draft EIS was made available for public comment in fall 2012 and the final EIS was available for public review in fall 2013. All comments from the public and cooperating agencies concerning potential impacts were addressed in the EIS.
The ROD is subject to administrative review through the appeal process, which is described within the document. The EIS and ROD are available on the project website at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/