Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

March 4, 2013

Contact: Cris Dippel (970) 365-3613


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Input from Public on Issues Associated with a Proposal for Oil and Gas Exploration on Ouray National Wildlife Refuge


The Green River at Ouray NWR. Credit: Jaclyn Kircher / USFWS
The Green River at Ouray NWR. Credit: Jaclyn Kircher / USFWS

The Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying issues (scoping) to be analyzed in an Environmental Assessment (EA) to be prepared for the Ouray NWR 9-Well Development Project.  A thirty-day public scoping period for the EA is being conducted.  Comments will be accepted through April 3, 2013.

Axia Energy, LLC (Axia) is proposing to drill, complete and operate nine (9) oil and gas wells from five (5) proposed well pad locations within the Ouray NWR in Uintah County, Utah. The proposed development would require the construction and maintenance of associated access roads, gathering pipelines, and overhead power lines. 

Axia will utilize three of the five proposed well pads to directionally drill multiple wells, thus reducing surface disturbance and minimizing impacts to the surrounding environment. This proposal is referred to as the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge 9-Well Development Program. Specifically, Axia’s Proposed Action includes the following primary components:


  • Development of nine (9) oil and gas wells from five (5) proposed wells pads, each averaging approximately 2.4 acres in size;
  • Construction of approximately 0.6 miles (3,127 feet) of new access road;
  • Installation of up to approximately 1.6 miles (8,268 feet) of co-located buried pipeline and approximately 0.3 miles (1,477 feet) of cross-country buried pipeline;
  • Installation of approximately 0.5 miles (2,593 feet) of co-located overhead power line; and
  • Installation of up to two (2) heater-treaters (combination of a heater, free-water knockout, and oil and gas separator), two (2) produced water tanks, four (4) condensate/oil storage tanks; one (1) combustor, and one (1) gas sales meter for each well pad.

Axia was assigned mineral rights underlying Ouray NWR lands from Stonegate Resources, LLC in May 2011. Axia recognizes the importance of the national wildlife refuge system and has committed to minimizing impacts to natural resources under the Proposed Action. The Service will review this proposal in accordance with its policies and procedures and will work with Axia to minimize impacts to the Ouray NWR. Under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Service will develop an EA to properly identify important issues and analyze any impacts associated with the proposed federal action.

A map of the proposed referenced project is available at:

Hard copies are also available at the Ouray NWR Office at HC 69, Randlett, Utah 84063. Comments should be submitted in writing or by mail to the Ouray NWR Office or by email to

For more information, please call the Ouray NWR Office at 435.545.2522.

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