Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The FEIS analyzes industry's gas field development proposal (approximately 185 new gas wells involving federal authority) and four other alternatives in a 125,000-acre Study Area in the Northern San Juan Basin of Colorado. The Study Area occupies portions of La Plata and Archuleta Counties, and is bounded on the south by the Southern Ute Reservation and on the west, north and east by the arcing line of the base of the Pictured Cliffs sandstone. The Study Area consists of approximately 7,000 acres of BLM administered land, 49,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service administered land, 9,000 acres of private lands with federal minerals and 60,000 acres of state or privately held (fee) lands with non-federal minerals.
The ROD is based on the FEIS and its supporting project record. The ROD documents BLM and USFS project decisions, including selection of FEIS Preferred Alternative 7 (approximately 138 new gas wells involving federal authority), with specific modifications. The ROD also documents requirements for gas field development in the Northern San Juan Basin within the framework of modified Alternative 7, including monitoring, mitigation, and environmental protection measures.
This document was received at the Office of the Federal Register on March 30, 2007.