Comments sought on plan for drilling southeast of GJ

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public opinion on a proposal to develop oil and natural gas resources on more than 90,000 acres between Grand Junction and Delta.

According to the BLM, Fram Operating LLC proposed a Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan for nearly 65,000 acres of BLM-managed public land, nearly 20,000 acres of private land and about 6,000 acres of split estate (private surface with federally owned minerals underneath).

The Master Development Plan proposes up to 492 wells on 46 proposed and nine existing well pads beginning in 2011, according to the BLM.

The plans include building up to 15 miles of new roads, upgrading up to 48 miles of existing two-track roads, and maintenance of about 23 miles of existing roads.

About 90 miles of gas-gathering pipelines and water lines would be installed along the roads. An additional compressor site in addition to the two existing compressor stations would be built, the BLM said.

Surface disturbance would be minimized by using directional drilling, according to the proposal.

Written comments and questions should be submitted by May 5 to the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO, 81506.

Comments may be submitted via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Copies of Fram’s Master Development Plan are available for review at the BLM Grand Junction Field Office and the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office, 2465 S. Townsend Ave., in Montrose.

Digital copies of Fram’s proposal and a project map are available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html and http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo.html.


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