Oil wells coming to Mesa County

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Bureau of Land Management clears the path for a new oil drilling project in Mesa County.

The Fram Exploration's Whitewater Master Development Plan has been approved by the BLM after much opposition in regards to the route that would lead to proposed construction site.

Drafts of construction had been looking to the fruit and wine byway in palisade as the main route for oil drilling traffic but an alternate route has been approved and will divert traffic to b-road south of the historic highway.

108 new wells and 12 well pads will be built on BLM lands in Mesa County.

"We don't see a lot of oil activity here in the valley and so this is going to bring a very unique and very important economic boost to the area,” says Chris Joyner of the Bureau of Land Management.

Fram developers and the BLM are excited about their new endeavor and hope to minimize their footprint on the environment by using directional drilling to build multiple wells on one pad.

There is no set start date for construction of the wells that will be located approximately 15 miles east and southeast of Grand Junction, east of Highway 6 & 50, and north of Kannah Creek Road.

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