The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office in Montrose, Colorado, recently revealed its outline for developing 19,670 acres near Paonia that balances the need to protect wildlife with infrastructure and resource development.
The Bull Mountain Unit Master Development Plan outlines developing as many as 146 natural gas wells, four water disposal wells, supporting road access and pipeline drilling operations under lease agreements with SG Interests I Ltd. (SGI), a BLM release said.
The plan falls under the auspices of the administration’s America First Energy Plan, aimed at developing sustainable oil, gas, coal, minerals and alternative energy sources including wind, geothermal and solar power, the release said.
“We developed the plan through close coordination with stakeholders and our cooperating agencies,” Dana Wilson, acting southwest district manager for BLM Colorado, said in the release. “It represents the best combination of management decisions to allow SGI to exercise its lease rights while limiting the impacts to natural resources.”