White River BLM proposes amendment to increase Piceance Basin oil, gas development
August 24, 2012
The Bureau of Land Management released Wednesday a draft amendment that could increase oil and natural gas development activity in Northwest Colorado.
According to a BLM news release, the draft White River Resource Management Plan Oil and Gas Amendment analyzes four options for future oil and natural gas development on 1.7 million acres of federal lease minerals administered by the White River Field Office in Moffat, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties.
Much of the proposed development is focused in Rio Blanco County where a range of development options could add 4,600 to 21,200 new wells in Piceance Basin.
The draft amendment also proposes a variety of mitigation measures to minimize impacts on wildlife and other natural resources.
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