CHC Submits Comments on Whitewater Development Plan

August 14, 2013 –

Citizens for a Healthy Community, through our partners at the Western Environmental Law Center, submitted comments last week on the proposed Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan (MDP). The MDP, submitted by a Norwegian company Fram, calls for 108 oil wells in the area east of Whitewater and south of Palisade.

Highlights from our comments include:

  • The inadequacy of the decades-old Resource Management Plan to guide oil and gas decisions in present day.
  • The need to address methane waste issues by requiring available and cost-effective technologies.
  • That the BLM impermissibly relies on mitigation measures to avoid a finding of significance relative to resource impacts of the Whitewater MDP
  • The lack of cumulative impacts analysis, since Fram previously proposed 492 gas wells for this area.

Click here to read our comments.

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