24-well proposal covers 33,000 acres
A western Colorado drilling project that had been scheduled to get under way late last year is entering its second procedural step this year.
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment on the proposal by Black Hills Plateau Production LLC to drill up to 24 wells from 12 well pads near De Beque over three years.
Black Hills had hoped to begin drilling in October last year.
The delay was the result of efforts by the BLM to address comments offered during the scoping period for the Black Hills project.
“This is a second procedural step” and not a step back in the approval process, said Chris Joyner, spokesman for the BLM’s northwest Colorado district.
The drilling project is exploratory and will involve well pads north and south of Interstate 70 near De Beque, under public and private leases.
The proposal area covers 33,000 acres in Mesa and Garfield counties and the drilling program will run for three years.
Black Hills operates about 75 wells in the area, some of which date to 1978.
The environmental analysis is available online at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.
The deadline for comments is Feb. 6.