18 Jan Incoming! 35-Well Project Proposed 12 miles North of Paonia
Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC) proposes to drill, complete, and operate up to 35 horizontal wells from four new well pads and one existing well pad and to construct access roads and gas gathering pipelines in Gunnison and Delta counties, Colorado. General access to the project area would be via State Highway 133 to County Road 265. Construction and development activities are anticipated to begin in late spring or early summer 2017 and to extend over a period of approximately 3 years.
Long-term operational life of the project is estimated at 30 years, during which time up to 700 billion cubic feet of natural gas is expected to be produced. The project, referred to as the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan (NFMMDP), would occur within an area encompassing 34,906 acres of public and private lands. This includes 25,790 acres administered by the U.S. Forest Service, Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National Forests, Paonia Ranger District; 468 acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); and 8,648 acres of private lands. Total Federal fluid mineral estate in the project area is 30,972 acres, including all of the Federal lands and 4,714 acres beneath some of the private lands.
BLM announced the project today and is seeking comments from the public to identify comments, concerns and issues before they begin drafting the environmental assessment analyzing the proposal. The comment deadline is February 21, 2017.
The proposal and associated maps are available at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage¤tPageId=105997
We will review the proposal as quickly as we can and provide you with more information. Stay tuned!