Fires banned for gas drilling on public lands |

Fires banned for gas drilling on public lands

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday imposed a fire ban for gas drilling operations on public lands in the Glenwood Springs resource area.

The ban is similar to fire restrictions already in place on state and private lands.

“We recognize that most Colorado oil and gas operators already have fire plans in place, and appreciate that their presence in the field benefits BLM in locating new fires and providing equipment and water to suppress fires,” said Doug Koza, BLM acting state director.

“This fire prevention order protects public safety and natural resource values, while at the same time provides the flexibility for continued oil and gas operations,” Koza added.

The fire restriction order covers 14 specific points, including pipeline construction, access road construction and maintenance, drilling, completion, work over, testing and maintenance.

For information, contact Steve Bennett, acting BLM Glenwood Springs field office manager, at 947-2800.

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