BLM releases draft analysis for a 146 natural gas well proposal in the North Fork of the Gunnison River.  

Friday January 16, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on SG Interests’ proposed Bull Mountain Master Development Plan.  Friday marked the beginning of the 45-day public comment period.  Public comments are due on or before March 2nd.  As this is a lengthy document, HCCA and our partners will be requesting an extension to ensure meaningful public comment can occur.

The DEIS is a lengthy document, totaling 760 pages.  It will take some time to work though this document and to determine the real impacts it proposes to have resources such as clean water, clean air, and wildlife.

Here’s what we know so far about the proposal:

  • The Bull Mountain Unit is nearly 20,000 acres located between Paonia Reservoir and McClure Pass with more than 13,000 acres of federal mineral leases.
  • SG’s plan calls for 146 new gas wells and 4 waste water disposal wells on 36 well pads.  The proposal calls for 53 miles of upgrades to existing roads, 16 miles of new road construction, 8 miles of new “cross-country” pipeline construction, and 4 new compressor stations.
  • SG proposes to drill the wells in 6 years with 27 wells drilled each year.
  • Proposed water usage is 744.1 acre-feet of fresh water, and total recycled and produced water use of 1,736.1 acre-feet.  What’s an acre-foot?  It’s the length and width of one football field with water one-foot of water across the surface.  So the amount of water SG is proposing is the equivalent of 2,480.2 football fields of water one foot deep.

Click here to access the DEIS.  You can access other documents on this proposed project page here.  We’ll keep you informed throughout this process.  We encourage you to participate in the public process to protect why you love it here!  Contact HCCA’s Public Lands Director, Alli Melton, with questions or to get more information at or 970.349.7104 ext. 2.