GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is now seeking public comment on the preliminary Environmental Assessment for a natural gas exploratory project near DeBeque.
A scoping period for the multi-well proposed project concluded in February 2012 with a 30-day comment period. The BLM has since prepared a preliminary EA to identify the possible positive and negative impacts of the project on the environment.
The Black Hills DeBeque Exploratory Proposal is an exploratory project with plans for up to 24 wells on 12 new well pads north and south of Interstate 70 near DeBeque. The project proposal spans a three-year program of oil and gas exploration under public and private leases. This proposal includes drilling along with construction of new roads and other support facilities including gas and water pipelines.
The EA is available online at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.
Please submit comments by email at BLM_CO_GJ_Public_Comments@blm.gov or by mail at 2815 H Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506. Comments will be most effective if they are specific to the proposal or analysis and are received by Feb. 6, 2013.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or any other personal identifying information in your comments, please be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.
For more information contact BLM Natural Resource Specialist Julia Christiansen, (970) 244-3093.
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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.