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Release Date: 08/18/09
Contacts: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 947-2832    

BLM seeks public comment on natural gas well development proposal southeast of Silt

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Glenwood Springs Field Office is seeking public comment on an oil and gas exploration and development proposal on federal leases three miles southeast of Silt, Colo.

Bill Barrett Corporation has submitted the Gibson Gulch Master Development Plan to BLM. The plan details Bill Barrett’s proposal to develop up to 136 new wells from 10 proposed well pads during the next five years, beginning this fall.

The area proposed for development encompasses approximately 2,700 acres, of which 1,867 acres are Federal surface and minerals, 40 acres are private surface and Federal minerals, and 793 acres are private surface and minerals. Primary access for the development activities would be County Roads 311 and 335. 

Approximately 4.2 miles of new access roads and 4.3 miles of pipelines would be constructed.  Directional drilling technology would be used to drill the majority of the wells.

The Glenwood Springs Field Office requires operators to submit Master Development Plans so that a broad evaluation of plans and impacts can be completed, and environmental impacts and appropriate measures to mitigate these impacts can be identified. BLM does not have jurisdiction over the private surface and private minerals, but it includes them for a more complete analysis.

BLM will prepare an Environmental Assessment on this master plan. Before it completes the EA, BLM wants to hear any specific issues, concerns and comments the public would like to see addressed through the assessment.  Comments will be most helpful if received by September 18, 2009.

Written comments and questions should be directed to the Glenwood Springs Field Office at 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt Colo., 81652.  Electronic comments may be submitted to Copies of the Master Development Plan further detailing the proposed oil and gas development are available at

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 08-18-2009