BLM Amends Management Plan for White River Field Office

BLMThe Bureau of Land Management Friday released its Proposed Oil and Gas Amendment to the White River Field Office Resource Management Plan, which will help guide oil and gas development in northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin for the next 20 years. The proposed plan advances the Dinosaur Trail Master Leasing Plan, a targeted planning effort aimed at minimizing impacts to the nearby Dinosaur National Monument and other resources. The Proposed Amendment outlines a number of progressive mitigation measures to reduce impacts of increased oil and gas production across 1.7 million acres of leasable federal minerals in Rio Blanco County, southern Moffat County, and a small part of northern Garfield County. The majority of minerals administered by the White River Field Office are already leased for oil and gas development. The Proposed Plan Amendment uses an incentive-based approach to minimize the amount of surface disturbance and disruption to wildlife. The Proposed Plan Amendment and associated Environmental Impact Statement can be found by clicking here.

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