Agreement reached on Utah drilling project

SALT LAKE CITY — A drilling company and a coalition of environmental groups have reached a compromise over a natural gas extraction project in Uintah County.

The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports the conservation groups and Denver-based Enduring Resources agreed to a plan that significantly scales back an earlier proposal that had been contested in federal court.

The agreement involves the Rock House Project near White River, where the company obtained the federal Bureau of Land Management’s approval in 2007 to drill 60 natural gas wells.

Under the compromise announced Friday by the BLM, the company will “substantially” reduce its surface footprint by reducing the number of new well pads and roads, and by restricting truck traffic near the river during peak recreational use.

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance hailed the agreement.


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