GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period to Jan. 18 on an oil and gas exploration proposal near Mesa, Colo. The BLM is seeking public input to help inform an environmental assessment for the project.
Genesis Gas & Oil Colorado, LLC is proposing to drill five vertical wells on separate pads as it begins evaluating the oil and gas resources on the 27,000 acres of leases it holds in the area. Genesis proposes to construct four new well pads and reuse an existing, abandoned pad. Three proposed well pads are southeast of Mesa and east of State Highway 65 and the other two are southwest of Mesa and west of the highway.
While existing roads would be used to the extent possible, an additional 3.5 miles of roads would need to be constructed.
The exploration plan follows the Watershed Plan for the Town of Palisade and the City of Grand Junction, Colorado, a detailed plan developed by Genesis, BLM, Grand Junction, Palisade, Mesa, and other stakeholders. Under this plan, Genesis agrees to begin development of its leases outside the watersheds of the City of Grand Junction and the Town of Palisade.
The detailed proposal is available at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html. The Watershed Plan is available online at: http://genesispalisadecdp.org/.
BLM will prepare an environmental assessment of the proposal, and welcomes any specific issues, concerns or comments from the public about this proposal in preparation of the environmental assessment. The environmental assessment will be made available for public review once it is drafted.
Written comments and questions on the proposal should be directed to the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Comments may also be submitted via email at email@example.com. Comments will be helpful if received by Jan. 18.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.