The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Northern San Juan Basin Coal Bed Methane Projectanalyzes the impacts of additional Fruitland coalbed methane wells on USFS, BLM, state, and private land in the Northern San Juan Gas Field of southwestern Colorado. The field can potentially produce 2.5 trillion cubic feet of methane over the next 30 years, with an estimated $15 billion in gross revenues. The EIS is a joint effort of the USFS and BLM.
The proposal calls for development of about 300 new wells, an estimated additional 125 miles of access roads and pipelines, and approximately ten additional compressors. Issues to be studied include property values, noise, visual impacts, tax revenues, water depletions, gas seepage into domestic water wells, impacts on vegetation, wildlife, roadless values, archaeological resources, and air quality.