BLM seeks comments on proposed well and lease stipulation waiver

CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carlsbad Field Office has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze COG Operating, LLC’s Big Papi 701-706H proposal. The proposal includes constructing, operating and maintaining six wells located on two well pads, one central tank battery, access roads, buried flowlines and overhead electric. The proposal also includes a waiver of the Pecos River/Canyon Complex No Surface Occupancy lease stipulation, SENM-S-11 for the entire lease, NMNM 115417. The 400-acre lease and the well development proposal are in Eddy County. 

Per 43 C.F.R. 3101.1-4, BLM must provide a 30-day public review period of any modifications or waivers of lease terms or stipulations. The comment period for this action will be Sept. 10 through Oct. 12, 2021. The EA is available on the BLM ePlanning website at:  

The public can provide comments using the web address above, or by mail to the BLM Carlsbad Field Office, Attn: Zane Kirsch, 620 E. Greene St., Carlsbad, NM 88220. 

For more information or to request a physical copy of the draft EA, please contact Carlsbad Field Office Project Lead Zane Kirsch at 575-234-6246 or

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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