A local office of the country's land management agency has approved a small Anadarko oil and natural gas drilling project about 40 miles south of Buffalo.

The federal Bureau of Land Management's field office in Buffalo released a decision record Thursday approving Anadarko Petroleum's 36,000-acre Crazy Cat East project proposal.

Under terms approved by the BLM, Anadarko plans to drill about 36 wells from 24 well pads. Ten of the well pads will hold multiple wells.

The project will target oil and natural gas in several geologic formations in northern Wyoming, including the Mowry and the Sussex. Anadarko's development could also include production facilities if the wells are considered economically competitive.

According to BLM documents, the company considers the action exploratory and could pursue future action once drilling begins.

Reach energy reporter Adam Voge at 307-266-0561, or at adam.voge@trib.com. Read his blog at http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/boom or follow him on Twitter @vogeCST.

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