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BLM extends Rough Draw project comment period, adds exhibit

The US Bureau of Land Management extended the comment period on Patriot Energy Resources LLC’s proposed Rough Draw coalbed methane project 13 miles north of Gillette, Wyo.

BLM’s office in Buffalo, Wyo., announced the comment period was extended to Jan. 17, 2012. Initially, the comment period was to have ended on Jan. 3 (OGJ Online, Dec. 7, 2011).

BLM’s Buffalo, Wyo., office has added a new exhibit, “Analysis of Impacts of Methane Farming on Federal Coal in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming,” on its web site along with Patriot’s application and supporting documentation.

Patriot is a Gillette-based subsidiary of Luca Technologies, an applied research company based in Golden, Colo.

BLM documents show Luca spent $40 million developing a method to farm methane through a biogenic gas generation process.

Luca has acquired operating rights to 589 wells in central Campbell County, Wyo. The coalbed gas development area in Wyoming involves federal, nonfederal, and partial federal mineral ownership.

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