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Oil well on Wolf Mountain shifts to fracking

Shell permit tabled indefinitely

The Routt County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to table indefinitely a permit application by Shell Oil to drill the Dawson Creek well south of Yampa Valley Regional Airport.

It was the second time since Sept. 13 that the Shell application has been tabled for a lack of information. On Tuesday, county oil and gas planner Chris Brookshire confirmed Shell’s analysis of truck traffic on county roads, which was submitted Monday evening, was not in time to allow county officials and their consultant to analyze it.

Shell spokeswoman Carolyn D. Tucker told the Steamboat Today that her company took responsibility for the delay.

“We apologize for the delay in the traffic information,” Tucker said. “It was definitely our fault. The study is complex, and we wanted to do it right.”

Tucker added that two wells Shell is drilling in Moffat County represent the first time in “many, many years” her company has drilled specifically for oil (and not for natural gas) in Colorado and her colleagues are learning the public process.

Tucker was emphatic that the Dawson Creek well will not involve fracking.