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EnCana set to expand into Rulison, Battlement Mesa

EnCana is set to expand its oil and gas operations into the Rulison and Battlement Mesa areas in the next few years. Recently the company submitted two geographic area plans to the Bureau of Land Management for a total of 254 wells. Geographic area plans cover BLM lease areas and include details about surface disturbance by well pads, roads and pipelines, as well as environmental assessments for the area.In its Rulison GAP, EnCana proposes drilling 68 wells over two to three years about eight miles southwest of Rifle, between Spruce and Porcupine creeks. The wells will be drilled from six existing well pads and six new locations. The development area covers 1,818 acres of BLM surface and mineral holdings, including 672 acres of private lands and federal minerals.The South Parachute GAP calls for drilling 186 wells over three years near Battlement Mesa. New wells will be drilled from 19 existing well pads and 15 new locations. The GAP covers an area of 4,796 acres of BLM land and includes 475 acres of private surface ownership and federal minerals.”The closest well will be a half a mile from any home,” said EnCana spokesman Doug Hock.This year, EnCana plans to drill up to 15 wells on the South Parachute GAP and up to 23 wells in the Rulison GAP, Hock said.EnCana already has three GAPs in place.”In addition to the two new GAPs EnCana is proposing, they have three additional GAPs in Garfield County, Orchard Unit GAP south of DeBeque, Gant Gulch south of Grass Mesa GAP and Grass Mesa GAP south of Rifle,” said BLM spokesman David Boyd.There is no specific surface spacing or guidelines for well locations, Boyd said. “… distribution would be dictated by topography, landowner concerns, any site specific concerns on federal lands, etc.”BLM is now taking public comment on the plans. Comments on the Rulison GAP are due Feb. 20 and on South Parachute by Feb. 27.Comments can be directed to Jim Byers at the BLM in Glenwood Springs, 947-2804, jim_byers@blm.gov. They can be sent to the Glenwood Springs Field Office Manager, 50629 Highway 6&24, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Copies of the proposals are available at the Glenwood Springs BLM office.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com

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