Double Eagle Petroleum announced that on June 22, 2009 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the suspension of operations and production (SOP) for all leases within the Main Fork Environmental Impact Study Area (EIS) effective May 1, 2009. This area includes the TTU#1 wellbore.
The SOP includes all federal leases which Double Eagle owns an interest on its Main Fork federal unit prospect. The SOP stops the expiration of all lease terms and halts any lease rentals until the EIS is completed. Double Eagle had requested the EIS be prepared to evaluate the impacts of a full-field development scenario in the area. Double Eagle plans to meet in the third quarter of 2009 with officials from the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service to discuss the commencement of the EIS process, which is expected to take up to three years to complete. In the meantime, Double Eagle will not be prevented from exercising its approved rights to re-enter the TTU #1 wellbore or drill a new well at the TTU #3 well site.
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