In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Farmington Field Office, Farmington, New Mexico, intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendment with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address issues relating to oil and gas in the Mancos Shale/Gallup Formation.
The RMP Amendment/EIS will analyze the impacts of additional development in what was previously considered a fully developed oil and gas play within the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico. The Mancos Shale/Gallup Formation was analyzed in the 2002 Reasonable Foreseeable Development (RFD) Scenario and current Farmington Field Office 2003 Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Subsequent improvements and innovations in horizontal drilling technology and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing have enhanced the economics of developing this stratigraphic horizon. With favorable oil prices, the oil play in the southern part of the Farmington Field Office boundary has drawn considerable interest and several wells are being drilled and planned. As full-field development occurs, especially in the shale oil play, additional impacts may occur that previously were not anticipated in the RFD or analyzed in the current 2003 RMP/EIS which will require an EIS-level plan amendment and revision of the RFD for complete analysis of the Mancos Shale/Gallup Formation.
This EIS is in preparation of a RMP Amendment and not a revision, therefore, not all decisions from the 2003 RMP will be revisited. Decisions in the Mancos-Gallup RMPA/EIS will be focused on the following resource programs:
• Fluid leasable minerals;
• Vegetation management,
• Lands and realty; and
• Lands with wilderness characteristics
All other resources are outside of the scope of this planning effort. However, impacts of the decisions for the resources being addressed will be analyzed on all affected resources.
The Farmington Field Office is also completing the Analysis of Management Situation (AMS), which will evaluate current management of BLM lands and identify opportunities for improvement. Both the Scoping Report and the AMS will be available for public review on the Farmington Field Office Website, or by mail, if requested once completed.
To be kept up-to-date on all important developments during the RMP amendment process, request to be added to the RMP Mailing List.
For more information on the scoping process, the RMP revision process, or any other land use planning concerns, please contact Amanda Nisula, 505-564-7637, e-mail RMP Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to:
Farmington Field Office
RMP Amendment Project Manager
6251 College Blvd. Suita A
Farmington, NM 87402