BLM Approves North Fork Drilling Projects

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved for a second time two drilling projects in Colorado after considering a court-ordered greenhouse gas assessment of the development’s environmental impacts. The two upper North Fork Valley drilling projects will total up to 226 wells and result in up to 15.66 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over a 30-year period. The plans involve the companies SG Interests and Gunnison Energy. In 2019, a judge had ruled that the Trump administration did not adequately examine the indirect environmental impacts of burning oil and gas and its effect on the local deer and elk populations.