OXY USA, the operator of the existing Sheep Mountain CO2 production unit, is proposing to drill two new directional CO2 wells (SMU 1-3-M and SMU 6-4-I). The project would take place within the boundaries of their existing operation, on privately owned surface lands, producing BLM and private minerals.
If approved, the operator would use existing roads, powerlines and production facilities. An existing location with current producing wells would be expanded to facilitate the two proposed wells. Most of the expansion would be reclaimed and re-vegetated soon after the rig leaves the pad. The project is estimated to take two months for each well.
The Sheep Mountain Unit is located approximately 6 miles south of Gardner and has been producing CO2 since the early 1980s. The produced CO2 is piped through an existing pipeline to the Permian Basin in west Texas, where it is injected underground into producing petroleum reservoirs that are in decline to help remove fluid minerals.
The draft environmental assessment, including project maps can be found on the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office website at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/planning/sheep_mountain_co2.html.
The comment period on the draft EA will run until April 20, 2015. Comments concerning the proposed action, alternatives and identification of environmental issues are most helpful. For additional information please contact Aaron Richter at 719-269-8512. You can submit written comments to RGFO_Comments@blm.gov with “CO2 wells” in the subject line.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Thank you for your interest in the management of your public lands within the Royal Gorge Field Office.