Oct. 13–CANON CITY — Residents of the Dawson Ranch neighborhood here have concerns about a proposed U.S. Bureau of Land Management oil and gas drilling lease that borders their neighborhood and encompasses four recreational trails in the area, especially considering it is coming on the heels of a proposed gold mine.
TheBLMisacceptingpublic comment on the proposed oil and gas lease sale of 602 acres of public land just off Temple Canyon Road southwest of Canon City. Comment will be accepted through 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to Keith Berger, BLM field manager.
“Usually, parcels to be included in a BLM oil and gas lease sale are nominated by (representatives with) the oil and gas industry. In this case, theparcelsinFremontCounty were nominated anonymously fortheMarch2019leasesale,” he said.
“It is really baffling,” said Jeanie Keller, a resident who lives near the proposed oil and gas lease site. “No one is going to drill for oil or gas there, not only because there isn’t any oil or gas in the area, but also because most of the parcel is completely disjointed and the area is mountainous and inaccessible.”
Although there have not been any historic or active oil or gas wells in that area, leases can be issued regardless of potential if the area is open to leasing, according to laws and BLM’s land use plans, Berger said.
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