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Gas development proposed on 26,000 acres west of DeBeque

Pete Fowler
pfowler@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” An energy company is proposing oil and gas development on 26,000 acres of land west and southwest of DeBeque in Mesa and Garfield counties.

The Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comments on the plan.

Black Hills Production, LLC, proposes in a master plan to drill up to 107 wells starting this year or next. That includes 67 proposed new well pads and 12 existing pads, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The area includes 25,000 acres of federal surface and mineral ownership and around 1,000 acres of private surface and minerals.



Black Hills Production, of Golden, is asking for up to 14 miles of new roads, to upgrade existing two-track roads, and maintenance of about 73 miles of existing roads. Around 37 miles of pipelines would be installed along the roads, and up to five compressor sites would be developed.

“Black Hills perceives this area as an exploratory project,” the company said in its master plan. “The rate of development would depend largely on factors such as advances in technology and economic-based factors such as the productivity of the wells, price of natural gas, and the cost of services. If the market sustains favorable conditions, Black Hills proposes to drill 12 wells in 2009, 22 in 2010, 18 in 2011, and the other 52 wells over the life of the project.”



The BLM said in a news release, “BLM requires operators to submit master development plans so that a broad evaluation of plans and impacts can be completed, and environmental impacts and appropriate measures to mitigate these impacts can be identified. Before writing an environmental assessment for this proposal, BLM wants to hear any public comments or concerns.”

Comments should be received by the BLM by April 17 at the BLM’s Grand Junction Field Office at 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Comments can also be e-mailed to gjfo_webmail@blm.gov. Copies of the master plan are available for review at the field office, or at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.


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