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This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to analyze Stewart Petroleum Corporation’s (Stewart) proposed exploratory natural gas drilling on their Federal leases within the Tumbleweed Oil and Gas Unit (Tumbleweed Unit). This EA is a site-specific analysis of potential impacts that could result with the implementation of Alternative - the Proposed Action; Alternative B – Buried Pipelines; or Alternative C - the No Action Alternative. The EA assists the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in project planning and ensuring compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and in making a determination as to whether any “significant” impacts could result from the analyzed alternatives. An EA provides analysis for determining whether a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) can be issued or whether it would be necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A FONSI is a document that briefly presents the reasons why implementation of the selected alternative would not result in “significant” environmental impacts (effects). If the decision maker determines that this project would result in “significant” impacts, then an EIS will be prepared for the project. If not, a Decision Record and FONSI will be prepared approving the selected alternative or combination of alternatives.


DRAFT of Environmental Assessment #UT-080-05-201 and Biological Assessment