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Challenge to Coalbed Methane Development in HD Mountains

Case Number # 145

A proposed natural gas drilling project near Durango, Colorado, will bulldoze roadless forest, worsen air pollution, threaten homes, and pollute wilderness areas and Mesa Verde National Park. The project porposes almost 200 new coalbed methane wells, including approximately 30 wells and 8 to 9 miles of new roads inside the currently undeveloped HD Mountains roadless areas. Despite this, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have approved the permits necessary for the project.

Earthjustice is challenging the project on behalf of conservation groups, homeowners, a rural county, and individuals whose livelihood would be negatively impacted by the drilling as proposed. 


Press Releases

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Dozens of methane wells would go into roadless areas; pristine canyons, low-elevation forests at risk
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Dozens of methane wells would go into roadless areas