A 5,000-well oil and gas project is being proposed for central Wyoming that would provide more than 8,000 jobs.
Five major oil and gas companies proposed the joint project just north of Interstate 25 between Glenrock and Douglas in Converse County. The drilling would occur over a period of 10 years, and each proposed well is expected to last about 30 years, according to the environmental study released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Anadarko Resources, Chesapeake Energy, EOG Resources, SM Energy and Devon Energy are the partners on the proposal first made in 2014 before the oil downturn.
The BLM anticipates the project will generate more than 8,000 jobs and between $18 billion and $28 billion in revenue, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.
About 90 percent of the land in the project is private or state owned. Only about six percent of the project's 1,500 well pads will be built on BLM land. The remainder is on the US Forest Service-managed Thunder Basin National Grasslands.