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Release Date: 04/04/13
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399    

BLM Initiates Environmental Review for the Bull Mountain Oil and Gas Unit (04-03-13)

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre Field Office will initiate an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposal to drill up to 146 natural gas wells and four water disposal wells in the Bull Mountain Unit, and construct associated access roads and pipelines. 
The proposal for the Bull Mountain Unit Master Development Plan is located on about 19,645 acres of federal and private subsurface mineral estate in the upper North Fork Valley 30 miles northeast of the Town of Paonia and bisected by Colorado State Highway 133.  The proposal was analyzed in a preliminary environmental assessment; however, the BLM determined an EIS was necessary to provide a more in depth analysis to address air quality. 
In addition to receiving and considering previous comments from the public through the environmental assessment, the public will have another opportunity to comment on the draft EIS soon as that document is complete. All comments received during the preliminary environmental assessment will be fully considered in the EIS. 
For more information, go to or contact the Bull Mountain EIS Project Coordinator at 970-596-0251.

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: 04-04-2013