Shell's Trout Creek oil well southwest of Steamboat Springs scheduled for Nov. 1 public hearing


— With two oil well permits already in hand and construction pending on two others, Shell Oil has been given public hearing dates for the new Trout Creek well in November. And the Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider approving a reimbursement agreement with Shell on Tuesday for $354,217 in improvements to Routt County Road 65 needed for the approved Gnat Hill well.

Shell Western Exploration and Production is scheduled to present its plans for the Trout Creek well to the Routt County Planning Commission on Nov. 1 and to the Board of Commissioners on Nov. 20. The well pad would be located between eight and nine miles southwest of Steamboat on the north side of C.R. 33B and east of C.R. 179.

Shell also holds a county permit for the Dawson Creek well, yet to be drilled south of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

The improvements to C.R. 65 in far southwestern Routt County involve applying additional gravel to two stretches of the unpaved road. A consulting engineer working for the county has recommended placing 10 inches of gavel along a 2.8-mile stretch of road and a 3-inch layer of gravel on 0.8 miles of road.

The county advertised bids for the work and intends to award the contract to the lowest bidder, Connell Resources, and will be reimbursed by Shell for the cost. Documents on file with the county indicate the work will consume almost 11,000 cubic yards of aggregate base course (gravel).

Although the Gnat Hill well will be located in Routt County, Shell will access it from Moffat County south of Craig via Colorado Highway 13 and 394.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

Oil wells in Routt County


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