Quicksilver Resources oil well hearing moved to Jan. 22

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— Quicksilver Resources on Tuesday sent a letter to the Routt County Board of Commissioners asking that its hearing be continued until 5 p.m. Jan 22.

About 20 people showed up to the meeting where the letter was read. Quicksilver is seeking approval to drill another oil well on Wolf Mountain east of Hayden.

In the letter, Quicksilver stated it was asking for a continuance so it can acquire the appropriate permits for a road that already has been built on the property. The road was a point of contention leading up to the meeting because the road, along with grading and excavating for the well pad, had been built in advance of final county approval of the special-use permit needed to drill the well.

The property owner's representative has said the road was built and well pad prepared ahead of time to protect wildlife conservation easements on the property.

The county issued a stop work order Nov. 21 for the road and well pad, but most of the work already was complete.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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