DEL NORTE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management San Luis Valley Field Office has extended the public comment period on the preliminary environmental assessment for the proposed San Francisco Creek #1 Well for 15 days. The EA is being conducted in response to an application for permit to drill from the Dan A. Hughes Company.

The proposed exploratory oil and gas well would be drilled on a 35-acre lot owned by the Dan A. Hughes Company near County Road 13, approximately five miles south of Del Norte. The federal mineral rights below the private land were leased for 10 years from the Bureau of Land Management in 2006.

Comments would be most effective if received by August 2, 2013, and should be mailed to the San Luis Valley Public Lands Center, Attention: Paul Tigan, 1803 W. Highway 160, Monte Vista, CO 81144.  Comments may also be submitted electronically to

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

To view the EA and other information concerning the proposed well, log on to  or call Paul Tigan at 719-852-6274.