BLM seeks comment on proposed oil well near Looking Glass Rock

Looking Glass Rock has a proposed oil well nearby. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on a proposal to drill an oil and gas well in northern San Juan County. The proposed well pad is located on public lands approximately 1.7 miles southeast of Looking Glass Rock.

Wesco Operating, Inc. revised its initial proposal to avoid accessing the well site via a county road through the Wilson Arch community, which lies north of the project area.

“The BLM is committed to responsible energy development and responding to people’s concerns,” said Moab Field Manager Nicollee Gaddis-Wyatt. “Based on the public scoping input we received last fall, we were able to work with the operator and San Juan County to develop an alternate access route from the south to lessen potential impacts to the local community.”

The environmental assessment also considers concerns raised by the public, such as water quality and visual quality, and includes resource protection measures to minimize potential impacts.

The deadline to comment is Oct. 18 and they can be submitted online via the ePlanning website, select the “Comment on Document” button; or mail to the Bureau of Land Management, Attention: La Sal APD2, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84532.

Comments regarding concerns or issues, additional facts or information, or specifically addressing the proposal are most helpful, according to a press release from the agency. Entire comments – including personal identifying information – might be made publicly available.

For additional information about the project proposal, contact the Moab Field Office, at 435-259-2100.