Routt County Commissioners approve new oil well permit despite concerns that grouse are reaching tipping point
“I think it’s really bad business that it needs to be done at the cost of driving sage grouse into extinction,” commissioner Tim Corrigan said just before approving Entek’s special-use permit to drill a new well in North Routt County.
Shell conducts winter drilling program to test safety practices
Shell Oil officials said the past year has been characterized by experimentation, a trend that will continue when the energy company turns to hydraulic fracturing of at least two of its Moffat County wells.
Hydraulic fracturing can be done safely and it'll have to be, because the world will be doing more of it, said Dr. Mark Zoback,
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to table Entek Energy’s application for an oil well drilling permit on public land close to the Wyoming border while it takes the time to study a report from the federal Bureau of Land Management on the proposed well.
In addition to requiring earlier reporting of spills leading to faster response times, Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush said, the bill would establish a track record for operators.
Shell Oil will resort to hydraulic fracturing in an effort to boost production from its underperforming wells in Moffat County, a company spokesperson said Friday.
A comprehensive analysis of emissions and ozone pollution in the Uintah Basin in eastern Utah concluded that the primary source is oil and gas operations.
Shell Social Performance Adviser Garrett Dolan said he would begin a socioeconomic impact analysis that would study potential effects on Routt and Moffat counties.
Quicksilver has told Routt County officials that drilling activities could begin as soon as the week beginning Feb. 11.
Shell Oil has installed an ozone monitoring device at a well near Hayden, and the Desert Research Institute lab on Storm Peak is contemplating monitoring ozone levels, as well.
Steamboat gas station owner Ulrich Salzgeber acknowledged that the gap between gas prices in Steamboat and Denver right now is greater than it should be.
The brevity of Tuesday night’s hearing was in marked contrast to a March 20, 2012, Quicksilver Resources permit hearing that lasted for seven hours and ended after midnight.
Routt County commissioners to decide on permit for third oil well on Wolf Mountain west of Steamboat Springs
If the permit is approved Tuesday, drilling wouldn't take place until after Feb. 28 because of a bald eagle winter roosting site on the property, and then would be shut down from March 15 to July 30 because of a grouse lek.
Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters extinguished a fire at a Moffat County oil rig Thursday afternoon. There are no reports of injuries.
Jon Herod, 49, was killed Thursday morning in an explosion at an oil rig about seven miles north of Craig. Investigators think residual oil in a water tank ignited when a propane heater was used to thaw frozen valves.