The well would be in the Mockingbird Mesa area approximately 19 miles west/northwest of Cortez in Montezuma County. All surface activity will be conducted in accordance with the BLM Gold Book standards. Site specific stipulations will be applied via Conditions of Approval to protect cultural resources and other resource values.
The project involves the construction of a well pad and access road. If the well is a producer, a pipeline will also be built. All construction will remain inside previous disturbance associated with an abandoned well, the Questar Cutthroat Unit #10A, and with the existing Mockingbird Mesa access road. The pad size will be approximately 2.22 acres. The access road will be 1,598 feet long and the pipeline, if needed, will be a total of 5,805 feet.
Approximately 80 percent of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is leased for oil and gas resources. The proclamation that created the Monument provided for development of energy resources on existing leases when those activities do not create new impacts that would interfere with proper care and management of the resources protected by the Monument Proclamation.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project addresses potential impacts of the proposed activities on natural and cultural resources within the Monument, including construction, operation, reclamation and abandonment of the well. Hard copies of the EA are available at the Anasazi Heritage Center, 27501 Hwy. 184, Dolores, CO 81323, and the San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango, CO 81301. The EA will also be available on the web at: www.co.blm.gov/canm/index.html or www.co.blm.gov/sjra/index.html.
For more information, contact Tom Rice at 970/882-6845.