INCOMING! 35-Well North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan Proposed 12 Miles North of Paonia


Gunnison Energy LLC (GELLC) proposes to drill, complete, and operate up to 35 horizontal wells from four new well pads and one existing well pad and to construct access roads and gas gathering pipelines in Gunnison and Delta counties, Colorado.  General access to the project area would be via State Highway 133 to County Road 265. Construction and development activities are anticipated to begin in late spring or early summer 2017 and to extend over a period of approximately 3 years.

Long-term operational life of the project is estimated at 30 years, during which time up to 700 billion cubic feet of natural gas is expected to be produced.  The project, referred to as the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan (NFMMDP), would occur within an area encompassing 34,906 acres of public and private lands.  This includes 25,790 acres administered by the U.S. Forest Service, Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National Forests, Paonia Ranger District; 468 acres administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); and 8,648 acres of private lands.  Total Federal fluid mineral estate in the project area is 30,972 acres, including all of the Federal lands and 4,714 acres beneath some of the private lands.

BLM and USFS are seeking comments from the public to identify comments, concerns and issues before they begin drafting the environmental assessment analyzing the proposal. The scoping comment deadline closed on March 22, 2017.

The proposal and associated BLM maps are available at

To help you better understand where this project is located, how it relates to the Proposed Bull Mountain 146-well Master Developments, and the potential impacts see:

Fact Sheet: North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan

Map_Watersheds–East and West Muddy Creek Watersheds, Hubbard Creek-North Fork Gunnison Watershed

Map_Existing and Proposed Development

Map_Big Game Migration–Game Management Unit 521 at risk

 Map_Crucial Fish and Wildlife Habitat

This proposal is complex, with significant potential cumulative impacts on irrigation and drinking waters, geological stability, seismic activity, the local economy, roads, and more. 

See Scoping Comments Submitted:

 Colorado Farm and Food Alliance, VOGA, and Slow Food Comments


There will be another opportunity to comment on the NFMMDP is it moves through BLM’s process.



Below is information provided during the scoping comment period:


You can also draft your own personal letter and send comments to:


Allen Crockett
Bureau of Land Management
2300 River Frontage Road
Silt, CO 81652
or email comments to:
or fax to (970) 876-9090.

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