BLM approves two Montana coalbed methane projects within CX Field

The US Bureau of Land Management's field office in Miles City, Mont., approved two coalbed methane projects proposed by Fidelity Exploration and Development Co. near Decker, Mont., on Oct. 1.

Oct 10th, 2008

The US Bureau of Land Management's field office in Miles City, Mont., approved two coalbed methane projects proposed by Fidelity Exploration and Development Co. near Decker, Mont., on Oct. 1.

Work on 48 wells in the Tongue River-Deer Creek North and Decker Mine East projects will include drilling and infrastructure, the US Department of the Interior agency said. Project approvals include compliance measure to minimize environmental and land use impacts, it added.

Both projects will be within the existing CX Field near Decker and will use roads, facilities and water management infrastructure currently serving existing wells on state and private lands in the area, BLM said.

It said that water produced with production of the gas from both projects will be put to beneficial use or discharged into the Tongue River in accordance with Fidelity's existing water discharge permits which it received from Montana's Department of Environmental Quality.

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