Routt County Planning Director Chad Phillips confirmed Wednesday that the Board of Commissioners approved plans to retain groundwater quality consultant Tom Myers, of Reno, Nev. Myers’ role will be to advise the county on requirements that will be used in the future to guide when and how energy companies drilling oil and gas wells here will be made to install test wells to detect any pollution of aquifers resulting from their activities.
Myers’ fee is expected to be an undetermined amount under $13,000.
In a related matter, Phillips said progress has been made in the search for an air quality consultant to advise the county in a similar manner, but with regard to monitoring changes in air quality that could be traced to energy exploration operations. The first round of requests for qualifications from 10 consultants did not result in any proposals. Phillips said 18 more RFQs have been circulated since Monday, with two or three experts indicating they would respond and show an interest in providing their services to the county.