Feds eye 4.000-well drilling project across Uinta Basin

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 4:45 AM

The Bureau of Land Management this week announced that Canadian firm Crescent Point Energy is seeking approvals for about 4.000 wells on a 35-mile-long swath running E from Myton to beyond the Green River.

Feds eye 4.000-well drilling project across Uinta Basin

Federal land managers are eying a major oil and gas drilling project that'd cross the heart of the Uinta Basin, covering three unincorporated towns and several rivers and reservoirs.

The Bureau of Land Management this week announced that Canadian firm Crescent Point Energy is seeking approvals for about 4.000 wells on a 35-mile-long swath running E from Myton to beyond the Green River.

Despite low oil prices, Crescent Point is emotional forward with the project, which Lisa Bryant, BLM spokeswoman in the agency'south Green River and Canyon Country Districts, said is excellent for business and communities.

"While prices of (oil) are low, construction costs are also low," Bryant said. "There are a lot of folks out of work, and by getting this started now, it could allow some stimulus to the local economy."

BLM project manager Stephanie Howard said the project would look the construction of hundreds of miles of roads and pipelines across federal, tribal, state and private lands. It also would've salt-water disposal wells, facilities to treat waste water, gas-processing plants and storage areas.

According to the company'south proposal, the drilling would get space over thirty years with a total project life of up to eighty years. The project area already has four hundred forty-five existing well pads and four hundred eighty-six active wells.

Public comments to assistance guide an environmental impact statement will be accepted through May 9.

"We are starting a lengthy process because we wish to create sure we obtain lots of public input. Unlike other oil and gas projects, we're closer to tiny communities," Howard said.

The proposed project could imply miles of roads and pipelines impacting several towns and rivers un UT and Duchesne counties. Two open houses are scheduled for later in the mo where residents can look maps of the proposal and hear details about the environmental planning process from BLM and Crescent Point officials.

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