Energy boom or bust? It all depends on what's found
Dorris and John Zimmerman have been living on their property just on the west edge of Craig for almost 40 years. The couple built their home in 1967 and raised their children there. In 1987, they welcomed an energy company on their land, allowing it to implement hydraulic fracturing as one means to extract gas and oil from the earth. The well has been there ever since, pulling energy resources out of the ground. In that time the Zimmermans said the well has seen at least three hydraulic fracturing efforts.
The State Air Quality Control Commission voted in February to require oil and gas wells across the state, including existing wells, to capture the air pollutants known as VOCs, including methane. As it turns out, Shell Oil had already agreed to live up to similar standards in Routt County.
Southwestern Energy announces multimillion-dollar deal to purchase mineral leases in Moffat and Routt counties
Southwestern Energy announced Wednesday that it had signed an agreement to purchase 312,000 net acres in Moffat and Routt counties for $180 million, according to a press release.
All three Routt County commissioners signed a letter to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission indicating their support for statewide application of the new rules requiring capture of poisonous gases emitted in oil and gas fields.
Shell Oil has applied to Routt County for drilling permits for a well at Dill Gulch southwest of Hayden and another about 5 miles north of town.
Citizens Supporting Property Rights asserts there is a way to put in adequate protections for sage grouse while allowing for future oil and gas development.
Shell isn’t alone among energy companies looking for surer bets amid falling prices and a more difficult production climate.
Ecologist Charles A. S. Hall told an overflow crowd at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Tuesday night that if the modern denizens of the high plains understood their relationship to fossil fuels the way the Sioux Indians of the 18th century understood bison, they surely would behave differently.
Shell Oil's Steve Compton told the Routt County Board of Commissioners that Shell intends to go beyond state regulations to sample more wells than required and return more frequently than required to sample the wells after drilling is completed.
Shell has proposed to go beyond the newest water well monitoring requirements imposed by the State of Colorado for new oil wells at Camilletti pad, and unlike Quicksilver, does not plan to frack the well.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a permit that would allow drilling of the new Wiregrass oil well in far northwestern Routt County.
Shell Oil informed officials in Routt and Moffat counties late last week it wants to soon sell off the leases it holds in the Niobrara Shale formation here to focus on its more productive operations.
More than 1 million people and a half-million homes are located in Colorado’s high fire danger red zones.
Fortunately for road warriors, the latest oil price forecasts indicate that gasoline prices are poised to fall starting in July and will continue to drop throughout the next several years.
Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf said he would make a 2013 budget request that the county seek a cost-share with the city of Steamboat Springs for an ozone monitoring program. The program is estimated to cost $175,000 for three years.