Grand Valley Residents Get Lesson On Minerals On Their Properties

Mesa County residents will now be able to see whether their current or future property purchases have the potential for oil and gas development as a new website feature debuted Thursday by county and federal representatives.

Many people in Western Colorado are unaware whether there is potential for oil and gas development on property they may own or wish to buy. The new feature on Mesa County's geographic information system web site allows residents to search a database prepared by the Bureau of Land Management and Mesa County.

The information allows residents to see whether the minerals on their land is publicly or privately owned and if that estate is up for lease at the next B.L.M. oil and gas lease sale. One Bureau of Land Management employee says this may be the first of its' type in the country and a model for other counties in energy–rich Western Colorado.

The database currently only shows land under lease and doesn't have information on land already being developed for energy use. That information may be added later as it becomes available.

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