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Citation Label: CO071
Publication Name: Final Environmental Assessment of Planned Gas and Oil Exploration, Baca National Wildlife Refuge, Saguache County, Colorado
Publication Type: Land Use Plan / NEPA Document
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Author Name: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
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Publication Year: 2008
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Local Source File: CO71-BacaNWR.pdf
Annotation: "The purpose of this EA is to ensure that initial exploration of the mineral estate under the Baca National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) by Lexam Explorations (U.S.A.) Inc. (Lexam) is conducted in a reasonable manner. By establishing stipulations and recommendations to protect the surface estate and other resources of the Refuge from unreasonable damage during all phases of currently planned oil and gas exploration being conducted by Lexam, including the intended drilling of two exploratory gas wells on the Refuge, the USFWS seeks to protect Refuge resources while at the same time honoring Lexam's vested rights to access and explore the mineral estate." (page x)
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Both: "By establishing stipulations and recommendations to protect the surface estate and other resources of the Refuge ..." (page x); "The Preferred Alternative is the adoption of standards and environmental protective measures by USFWS to protect the surface estate and other resources of the Refuge from unreasonable damage during all phases of the currently planned exploration program by Lexam; some of these measures have already been adopted by the COGCC as conditions of approval for the seismic survey and well permit applications." (page 4-1)
Ownership: Both: Federal surface: "Authorized in 2000, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge is a large and recent addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWR System) administered by the USFWS, Department of the Interior."; Private sub-surface (mineral): "Lexam owns the mineral interest, including the right to explore for and develop oil and gas, beneath land now included within the Refuge. Lexam acquired its mineral interest prior to acquisition of the surface interest in the Baca Ranch by the USFWS and inclusion of the surface in the NWR System. With respect to State of Colorado law on subsurface mineral rights in Colorado, the subsurface mineral property owner has rights to pursue recovery of its minerals" (page 1-1)

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