The Bureau of Land Management is considering a master development plan for a large-scale drilling proposal in the upper North Fork Valley. The Bull Mountain Unit, proposed by Houston-based SG Interests, calls for 146 new gas wells and associated infrastructure across nearly 20,000 acres between Paonia Reservoir and McClure Pass.
Public comments are needed to urge the BLM to consider a conservation-oriented alternative to include increased bonding, baseline water sampling and other mitigation measures.
These are federal minerals, so your voice counts even if you don’t live in the area. Please take a minute to support our members and allies in the North Fork! Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org before the April 16 deadline.
Our friends at Citizens for a Healthy Community have been hard at work digesting the BLM’s Environmental Impact Statement on the proposal and helping organize comments. Check out their Bull Mtn information sheet for suggested points to make in your comments.
The BLM’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) considers three alternatives from which it can choose:
It is important to note that if the BLM selects Alternative A, that doesn’t mean that development won’t happen. Rather, development could be proposed through a piecemeal process, which would mean piecemeal environmental analysis by the BLM.
Alternative C is preferable in order to plan for the cumulative impacts of the development and to require additional mitigation measures and best management practices that will reduce impacts if development goes forward.
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Many thanks to CHC for their work on this important issue!