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Farmington RMP: Mancos-Gallup Amendment
The Bureau of Land Management Farmington Field Office, in coordination with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Regional Office, has prepared a joint Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement (RMPA/EIS) to analyze and update resource management issues, resource data, laws, regulations, and policies. The public was invited to participate in the 210-day public comment period which began on February 28, 2020 with the publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft RMPA/EIS in the Federal Register and concluded on September 25, 2020.
The RMPA/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 Reasonably 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. Additional impacts may occur that previously were not anticipated in the RFD or analyzed in the current 2003 RMP/EIS, therefore an EIS-level plan amendment and revision of the RFD is required for complete analysis of the Mancos Shale/Gallup Formation.
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 estimated publication date of the Proposed RMPA/EIS NOA is April 2021 and the Approved RMP/Record of Decision is expected in June 2021.
Please visit the Farmington RMP: Mancos-Gallup Amendment ePlanning page for more information.