Big South Fork Releases Environmental Assessment for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Contact: Phyllis Trabold, 423.569.9778
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) plans to plug eleven abandoned oil and gas wells within the park and to carry out the necessary surface reclamation to restore the sites to natural conditions and processes. This is a multi-year project.
The Environmental Assessment for the project describes and analyzes the impacts of two alternatives:
Alternative A – no-action.
Alternative B – Plug Eleven Wells and Reclaim Park Resources, evaluates the plugging and reclamation of the eleven selected wells in the park (preferred alternative).
Copies of the Environmental Assessment are available on the internet at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment web page and selecting Big South Fork NRRA.
A limited number of copies of the plan are also available by writing Superintendent, Big South Fork, 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee, 37841. Public reading copies are available at the park visitor centers; and the Fentress County, McCreary County and Scott County Public Libraries.
Comments should be mailed to Superintendent, Big South Fork NRRA, 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee, 37841. Any questions may be directed to Phyllis Trabold at (423) 569-9778. All comments must be received no later than August 1, 2008Please be aware, before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time.
Did You Know?
Cumberland sandwort is one of several species of threatened and endangered plants found throughout Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cumberland sandwort only grows in the dry sandy soils of certain rockshelters found in and around Big South Fork.