Camilletti oil well back before Routt County
July 9, 2012
Steamboat Springs — When the permit application for Quicksilver Resources’ Camilletti oil well returns to the Routt County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night, the county's top officials will offer specific language for a proposed condition of approval intended to protect groundwater quality near Milner. The possibility of increased measures to protect air quality in the vicinity of the oil well will not be on the table Tuesday.
The language for the water quality condition was crafted last week during an executive session with county legal staff.
"We needed specific legal advice from our attorneys," Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush said Monday.
The condition to be placed on Quicksilver's plans for the Camilletti well north of Milner include a mix of testing domestic water wells in Milner, which is about a mile away down a slope, and a single monitoring well intended to pick up any contamination that might result from the well.
The permit application was tabled for a second straight time June 26 because the commissioners said they didn't have enough time to review the reports prepared by water and air pollution experts retained by the county specifically to help with the language for the conditions of approval on the oil well permit.
Instead of creating their own condition of approval for air quality, the commissioners will rely primarily on air quality requirements already established by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. But Mitsch Bush and fellow Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak made it plain they'll continue to craft air quality language they think is sufficient to protect Routt County citizens.
"We require air, water and wildlife protection for all of our special-use permits and that applies to everything, whether it's a sleigh ride or a gravel pit," Mitsch Bush said.
Stahoviak said she favored including general statements clarifying that Routt County will place conditions of approval designed to protect water and air quality in all of its responses to COGCC reports of new well permits issued at the state level.