Comment on New Castle-area drilling plan |

Comment on New Castle-area drilling plan

Staff report

SILT ­— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a plan by Bill Barrett Corp. to develop up to 127 natural gas wells southwest of New Castle, part of which would be on BLM land.

The Jackson Gulch Master Development Plan proposes drilling from new well pads in eight locations, and construction of up to 4.9 miles of new access roads and 4.2 miles of new pipelines, according to a BLM press release.

Full development of Barrett's leases in the area would involve about 95 acres of short-term surface disturbance, including 36 acres of federal land and 59 acres of private land, according to the proposal before the BLM for an environmental review.

The plan proposes using Garfield County Road 311 (Divide Creek) as the primary access to develop the new wells. The BLM is in the process of gathering public comments, concerns and identifying issues for an environmental assessment of the proposal. Comments are due by April 30 to the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, or via email to

Copies of the Barrett proposal and maps are available for review at the BLM Colorado River Valley Field Office, or online at

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