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Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal land managers have released a draft study probing the impacts of a company proposal to significantly expand its oil and gas production in the Uintah Basin.

Newfield Exploration Co., Utah’s largest crude oil producer, would be able to add 5,750 new oil and gas wells over a 16-year-period at an existing field in a plan that could ultimately yield more than 335 million barrels of oil and nearly 541,000 million cubic feet of natural gas. Deep gas development though 2035 could bolster production of natural gas to a yield of 6.9 trillion cubic feet, according to the plan.

The Monument Butte Project encompasses nearly 120,000 acres about 6 miles south of Myton, and would result in approximately 170 miles of new roads and new pipelines in Duchesne and Uintah counties.

An array of drilling and mitigation scenarios have been under review by the Bureau of Land Management in Utah, with the agency settling on a plan it said is the most restrictive for new oil and gas development across sensitive landscapes while still meeting project needs.

Utah’s BLM Director Juan Palma said the project achieves the right kind of balance. (…)
 
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