Natural gas development OK'd near Somerset

By Press Release

The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office and the U.S. Forest Service Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests posted Decision Records granting Gunnison Energy LLC and SG Interests, Ltd. the approval to develop up to 25 natural gas wells north of Somerset.

This decision includes the approval of 10 of 25 anticipated applications for permit to drill allowing for wells to be drilled on an existing multi-well pad and construction of four new multi-well pads and associated infrastructure. Overall, this project decision includes up to 32 surface use acres located on a mix of federal and private lands.

The Environmental Assessment, Decision Record and associated documents are posted at

In fiscal year 2014, Colorado received more than $169 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. Statewide, more than 22,900 jobs are tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.

For more information, contact Thane Stranathan, BLM project coordinator, at 240-5300.