Bill Barrett Corp. pursues 88-well project near Silt

Bill Barrett Corp. is seeking to drill up to 88 wells from six pads 3.5 miles southeast of Silt under a proposal being reviewed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The company wants to begin drilling this fall and complete the work over five years.

It’s proposing to build about 3.2 miles of roads for what’s called the Gibson Gulch II Master Development Plan, located on about 2,400 acres just west of the Garfield Creek State Wildlife Area.

As part of the proposal, Bill Barrett Corp. expects to seek exceptions to lease provisions that seasonally restrict operations for purposes such as protecting deer and elk winter range and nesting by raptors.

The company says the exceptions would allow more efficient and less drawn-out development.

The BLM says it will evaluate requests for exceptions in collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It will consider factors such as impacts to wildlife if the exceptions are granted and benefits from allowing winter drilling in conjunction with habitat treatments and other measures the company is proposing.

The BLM is accepting public comments as it conducts an environmental review of the project. The agency asks that they be submitted by Aug. 10.

Written comments and questions should be directed to the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652. Comments may be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

More about the plan may be found at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/crvfo/GSFO_Master PlansOfDevelopment.html.


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