The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking for comments from the public on a proposal by Terra Rocky Mountain LLC to drill oil and gas wells west of Rifle, Colorado, BLM said in a release.
Terra Rocky Mountain has proposed drilling up to 66 oil and gas wells on approximately 2,900 acres of federal land as an expansion of three existing bases over the next two years, predicting an approximately 120 billion extra cubic feet of natural gas production over four decades, the release said. The company’s request aligns with its Balzac Gulch Master Development Plan.
The BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office said the agency is soliciting public comments and concerns through July 10 before beginning an environmental assessment on the proposal.
“The BLM takes a broad, multiyear look at potential oil and gas development through Master Development Plans to better understand and mitigate potential impacts as well as streamline drilling permit approval,” Gloria Tibbetts, acting Colorado River Valley field manager, said in the release. “Oil and gas development on public lands and minerals in the Colorado River Valley Field Office supports a working landscape that creates jobs and helps Western Slope communities grow.”