The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)'s Buffalo Field Office in Wyoming has approved Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s Crazy Cat East oil and natural gas drilling project about 40 miles south of Buffalo in North Central Wyoming.
BLM issued a decision record approving Anadarko's proposal calling for oil/gas wells in the 36,099-acre Crazy Cat East Proposal Area.
The plan calls for 36 horizontal wells to be drilled from 24 well pads; the construction of a natural gas transport and compression system consisting of 44 miles of pipelines and a centralized compressor station; about nine miles of electric transmission lines; and 11 miles of well access roads and upgrades to eight miles of existing roads, according to the decision record.
The Crazy Cat East Deep Horizontal Project "will have no significant impacts on the human environment beyond those described in the [Powder River Basin final environmental impact statement], thus an EIS is not required," the agency said.
The target zones for the proposed actions include the Mowry Shale, Niobrara, Frontier, Tussex and Shannon formations in Wyoming, according to BLM. However, the proposal is exploratory in nature, and additional formations with the potential for commercial oil/gas production may be considered once drilling begins.