• One of the Twin Arches by Deannia Murphy

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Oil and Gas Well Plugging - FONSI

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Date: February 26, 2010
Contact: Tom Blount, (423) 569-2404 ext. 252

FONSI issued for Oil and Gas Well Plugging and Reclamation

Oneida, TN – The National Park Service, Southeast Regional Director has approved the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Oil and Gas Well Plugging and Reclamation. This document records the decision of the National Park Service to plug and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, including 45 known wells. This project is described under Alternative B in the Environmental Assessment for Oil and Gas Well Plugging.

The National Park Service has determined that the proposed project will not significantly affect the human environment within the project area; therefore, an environmental impact statement will not be prepared.

The recently approved Environmental Assessment and FONSI are available by visiting the National Park Service’s planning website at:

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkId=354&projectId=24977

Click on “Document List” on the left side of the page to retrieve the documents associated with this project.

Copies of the FONSI are also available at Park Headquarters during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. To request a copy, please call 569-9778. 

Did You Know?

Park interpreter presents program on Longhunters.

Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.