Quicksilver returns to Routt County for oil drilling permit


Past Event

Oil and gas permit request meeting

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
  • Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available


— The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected hear a special-use permit request Tuesday night from Quicksilver Resources to drill an oil well in two phases on Wolf Mountain this spring and late summer.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

The meeting was continued from an originally scheduled hearing date of March 12.

The first phase, spudding of the well to a relatively shallow depth, would begin this month. The site then would be vacated during sensitive grouse mating and rearing months, and revisited in August when drilling would be completed during a process that would last approximately 60 days.

New information to be presented Tuesday night includes the findings of a consulting engineering firm assessing the impacts of the new well on Routt County roads 52 and 70, which would be part of the haul route, as well as estimated traffic volumes.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com


Steve Lewis 5 years, 1 month ago

New information to be presented also includes:

"People living within a half-mile of oil-and-gas well fracking operations were exposed to air pollutants five times above a federal hazard standard, according to a new Colorado study."

"The University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Health analysis is one of a string of studies in Wyoming, Utah and eastern Colorado that highlight the air-quality impacts of drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking."

"The EPA is set to release new rules April 3 aimed at cutting emissions by 25 percent from oil fields by measures such as controlling for leaks and requiring green completions, which use no toxic chemicals."



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