New Safeguards for Test Wells in Colo. Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife last week laid out a host of requirements aimed at reducing the effects from a pair of test wells an energy company plans to drill on the new Baca National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado. But local residents and environmental groups say they will continue to fight the project.

Canada-based Lexam Explorations plans to drill two test wells and construct an access road on about 5,200 acres in the southern Colorado refuge, which lies near Great Sand Dunes National Park. In FWS's environmental assessment for the proposal, issued Jan. 11, the preferred alternative calls for a long list of protective measures to limit surface impacts during drilling.