BLM seeking comments on gas wells | PostIndependent.com

BLM seeking comments on gas wells

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a natural gas well development proposal approximately six miles south of New Castle.

Antero Resources Corporation’s North Castle Springs Master Development Plan proposes up to 284 new wells from up to 16 well pads over five years, beginning this summer, according to the plan filed with the BLM.

Antero would build 13 new well pads and expand three existing well pads under the proposal. The majority of the wells would be drilled directionally.

Antero also proposes constructing up to 10.6 miles of new and upgraded access roads and up to 14.1 miles of new and replacement pipelines.

The area proposed for development encompasses approximately 6,060 acres of federal lands and minerals. Garfield County Roads 311 and 335 would provide primary access for the proposed development.

“The BLM requires operators to submit these multi-year Master Development Plans to facilitate an orderly development of the federal leases,” according to a BLM press release. “Master Development Plans allow BLM to better identify environmental impacts and appropriate measures to mitigate these impacts.”

BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment for Antero’s plan, and is currently taking public comments on any specific issues or concerns that the public would like to see addressed through the assessment.

Comments should be received by May 31, by writing to the Colorado River Valley Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652; or, e-mail gsfomail@co.blm.gov.

Copies of the Master Development Plan detailing the gas well development are available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo/GSFO_MasterPlansOfDevelopment.html


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