BLM seeks comments on Fram's Western Colorado development proposal

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr. 14 -- The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on Fram Operating LLC’s proposal to develop oil and gas resources near Grand Junction, Colo.

The US subsidiary of Oslo-based Fram Exploration AS submitted a master development plan for up to 492 wells on 46 proposed and 9 existing well pads within the 90,400-acre Whitewater Unit between Grand Junction and Delta beginning in 2011, BLM’s Grand Junction and Uncompahgre, Colo., field offices said in a joint announcement.

They said Aspen Operating LLC submitted a proposed Whitewater master development plan in 2008, which was not approved since it sold the leases to Fram. The new owner subsequently revised the plan.

The new proposed plan includes construction of up to 15 miles of new roads, upgrading of up to 48 miles of existing 2-track roads, and maintenance of about 23 miles of existing roads, the BLM field offices said. The proposal also includes construction of a new compressor in addition to two existing compressor stations, they added.

They said Fram plans to drill directionally most of the wells, minimizing surface disturbance from new roads and pads.

BLM said it is seeking public comment as it begins an environmental assessment of the proposal. Public comments will be accepted at its Grand Junction field office until May 5, it indicated.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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