The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) White River Field Office in Meeker, Colorado, is preparing a Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will address potential oil and gas exploration and development activities within the 1.5 million acres it manages. The White River Field Office is located primarily in Rio Blanco County, with additional small tracts located in Garfield and Moffat counties. The Planning Area encompasses approximately 2,675,360 acres including privately owned lands and lands administered by the BLM, Forest Service, National Park Service, and State of Colorado. Of this, the BLM administers approximately 1,455,900 surface acres, and 2,224,499 acres of federal mineral estate.
Proposed RMPA/Final EIS
The Proposed RMPA and Final EIS (found HERE) provides an updated analysis addressing several changes from what was anticipated in the 1997 RMP, specifically at an anticipated increase in oil and gas development, a change to multi-well pads, and development focus in the Piceance Basin. The Proposed RMP Amendment details measures to mitigate associated impacts, including state-of-the-art emission controls and an innovative approach to allowing year-round drilling while maintaining undeveloped wildlife habitat.
The Proposed RMPA/Final EIS are currently undergoing a 60-day Governor’s consistency review to identify inconsistencies with state or local plans and a 30-day protest period, which ends April 27, 2015.
Once protests have been resolved and the Governor's consitency review has been completed, the State Director approves the RMPA by signing a Record of Decision.