ROOSEVELT — Three public meetings are planned late this month to provide details on an expansive natural gas project that could tap nearly 1,500 proposed wells to supply fuel for more than 40 years.
The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft environmental impact study on Gasco Energy's Uinta Basin Natural Gas Development Project.
Located 20 miles south of Roosevelt, the proposed project area involves nearly 207,000 acres, with a little more than 7,500 acres that would be directly disrupted.
Meetings, all of which run from 6 to 8 p.m., are planned Oct. 26 in Price at the student center at the College of Eastern Utah, Oct. 27 at the Duchesne County Administrative Building, and Oct. 28 at the Western Park Convention Center in Vernal.
Project details will be outlined at those meetings, which also provide a forum to submit comments on the draft document.
As envisioned under the federal agency's preferred proposal by Gasco, the project 100 wells drilled per year, with 1,491 drills done by approximately 2026.
Those drills would tap rock formations at depths of 5,000 to 20,000 feet within Uintah and Duchesne counties, areas that would later be reclaimed after each well reached the end of its productive life, estimated to be 30 years.
It would also require the installation of 325 miles of new roadway and the construction of 431 miles of pipeline.
With a project lifespan anticipated to continue until 2053, the project could yield nearly three trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
A summary of potential environmental impacts said Gasco has submitted protection measures that mitigate effects to cultural and paleontological resources, invasive weeds management, and curtail impacts to breeding raptors and nest sites, as well as sage grouse habitat.
The draft environmental impact statement can be read at www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/vernal/planning/nepa_/gasco_energy_eis.htm.
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