Frequently Asked Questions
With all the other land available, why the watershed?
• Decisions in the January, 1987, Grand Junction
Resource Management Plan and Record of Decision (RMP)
made these tracts available for leasing. In February,
2006, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a
federal oil and gas lease sale/auction that included tracts
of federal oil and gas estate in Mesa County, and specifically
within the recognized and mapped watersheds of the Town
of Palisade and the City of Grand Junction, Colorado.
How will you protect the watershed?
• This communication plan will lay out recommendations,
and guidance reached by the Working Group members and
the communities dealing with concerns around social, economic,
environmental, and regulatory issues.
Will other companies be required to adhere to
the plan if Genesis sells the leases?
• Continuity and continuation of The Plan is essential
in the event Genesis would sell or transfer its leases
to another company or operator. If this happened, Genesis,
and the Working Group members would meet with the following
company representatives, prior to the transfer of the
leases, to begin the communication process with the new
company so as to ensure that the watershed values would
continue to be appropriately managed along with the activities
of the new company.
Is this document legally binding?
• This is a voluntary collaborative process. The
Plan is not legally binding on any party, and will not
be signed by any party. It will be supported by all those
who participated in its creation. This is not an environmental
or decision document and it does not change the existing
regulations, laws, or policies of any governmental agency
or body. Rather, the intent of The Plan is to capture
and explain the commitment of the involved parties to
successfully deal with and resolve, to the greatest degree
possible, individual and common issues and concerns within
these watersheds, when and if the subject federal oil
and gas leases are developed.
What types of legal requirements exist for the
• The GGOC leases are subject to eight different
stipulations. These oil and gas lease stipulations were
developed during the preparation of the RMP, and are intended
to protect certain values, such as drinking water supplies,
wildlife habitat or species, and scenic vistas on BLM
managed lands in the event of surface disturbing activities
as a result of oil and gas activities.
What types of rights do municipalities have?
• Mesa County, the Town of Palisade, and the City
of Grand Junction have responsibilities within the watersheds
to ensure that activities in their jurisdictions comply
with the regulations, laws, policies, and decisions that
are within their specific agency purview. The BLM and
USFS have responsibilities to implement and enforce regulations,
laws, policies, and land use decisions in managing the
public lands in their jurisdictions. In addition, a multitude
of other state and federal agencies implement and enforce
regulations pertinent to oil and gas development and related
activities. The Plan encourages the overlap enforcement
that exists among the government agencies involved. The
parties involved in The Plan do agree that timely and
clear communications can make the job easier.
How are local governments involved in the process?
• The Watershed Plan Working Group has an incredible
team; the County, City and Town are represented by quality,
informed staff members. The Working Group also has qualified
representatives from Ute Water, Saddle Mountain Ranch,
and the USFS
How will Genesis continue communication?
• Genesis will use a variety of communications tools
to keep the public updated including the public meeting
process, web sites, site tours, Best Management Practices
demonstration projects and the Watershed Plan itself.
How can I be involved in the process
• This Plan will create a framework for
communication processes for the Working Group members,
Genesis, and associated other companies to use between
each other and the general public regarding potential
energy resource development within the watersheds.
What is the timeline?
• The Working Group is striving to complete the
Watershed Plan prior to the lifting of the lease stipulations
in August of 2007. Once the lease stipulations have been
lifted in August of 2007, Genesis is allowed to file an
APD for drilling in the watershed. Prior to filing before
an APD, the Palisade baseline hydrology study will need
to be completed. Genesis does not have plans to drilling
the watershed until at least 2010 or later. Above all,
Genesis is committed to developing resources the right
What is green-frac?
• Genesis has a commitment to using green fracturing
fluid. Hydraulic fracing is a technique used to create
small fractures that extend fro the completed wellbore
to allow gas or oil to flow more easily to the well. Genesis
is committed to using chemicals in the fracturing process
that will biodegradable, non-toxic neutral pH, residual
free, non-corrosive, non-pollutant and non-hazardous in
the forms and concentrations being used. Genesis is committed
to going the extra mile.