Colorado: Comments due on Piceance drilling near Debeque

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on Black Hills Plateau Production LLC’s proposed natural gas project northeast of Grand Junction, Colo., in the Piceance basin. Written comments for an environmental assessment, which is being prepared, will be accepted through Feb. 13.

BHPP, a division of the Colorado exploration and production subsidiary of utility holding company Black Hills Corp. in Rapid City, SD, has proposed drilling up to 24 wells from 12 well pads over 3 years beginning in October on leases it holds near the town of DeBeque, BLM’s Grand Junction field office said on Jan. 12.

It said this proposal replaces one which was much larger that BHPP submitted in 2009 for this general area which it subsequently withdrew. The new proposal covers 33,000 acres in Mesa and Garfield counties where BHPP already operates about 75 wells, some dating back to 1978, BLM said.

The environmental assessment will be available for public comment and review once it is drafted, it indicated.

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