Oil and gas workshop rescheduled

The USDA Forest Service Pagosa Ranger District/Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Field Office of the San Juan Public Lands will offer a free public workshop for citizens to learn about split-estate rights, the federal leasing process, and oil and gas development on federal lands and private surface.

Originally scheduled for December, the workshop was postponed due to weather and road conditions. The workshop will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, in the South Conference Room at the Pagosa springs Community Center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. No pre-registration is required.

The agenda is as follows:

3:30 to 5 — Informal open house with information tables hosted by BLM and Forest Service personnel.

5 to 5:15 — Welcoming statement and introductions: Kevin Khung, Pagosa District ranger/field manager.

5:15 to 5:30 — Brief history of oil and gas, the Pagosa District/Field Office: Glen Raby, geologist.

5:30 to 6 — Public lands planning, leasing and split estate: Duane Spencer, Colorado BLM Fluid Minerals Branch chief.

6 to 6:15 — Permitting, NEPA, and development overview: Walt Brown, geologist and Oil and Gas lead, Columbine District/Field Office.

6:15 to 6:30 — Inspection and enforcement on split-estate: Rick Rymerson, Minerals Staff chief, San Juan Public Lands Center.

6:30 to 7:30 — Question and answer session/open discussion .

For more information, contact Matt Janowiak at (970) 385-1378.