The Paonia Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. today to consider submitting written comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding preliminary environmental assessment on the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan.
The plan calls for Gunnison Energy LLC to drill, complete and operate up to 35 horizontal wells from four new well pads and one existing well pad to be located approximately 12 miles north of Paonia on the west side of Highway 133. The project will encompass both federal and private lands and includes up to 29 miles of existing roads, up to 2.2 miles of upgraded roads, and up to 4.6 miles of new access roads. Comments are due June 9.
Due to the deadline, which falls ahead of the next town board meeting on June 12, trustees voted to call a special meeting. "That notice was received late last week and could not be timely placed on tonight's agenda," said Mayor Charles Stewart at the May 28 board meeting. The public is welcome, and written comments may be submitted to Town Hall.