BP America Coal-Bed Methane Wells To Get Ok

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Durango, Colo. (AP) Federal officials plan to give BP America Production co. final authorization early next week to drill four coal-bed methane wells in the San Juan national forest.

The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday that they also expect in the next two weeks to approve BP'S plans to construct up to seven other coal-bed methane wells.

All the wells would be in the Sauls Creek area, outside of the HD Mountain roadless area and the Fruitland outcrop. Some residents, environmentalists and Archuleta County commissioners have raised concerns about how development on the Fruitland outcrop
And HD mountains could affect quality of life, wildlife, forests and water.