The Routt County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the new oil well with baseline testing on two neighboring water wells as a condition of approval.
If last week’s Routt County Planning Commission meeting is any indication, a group of residents that advocates for personal property rights will be on hand Tuesday night during a hearing for a new Shell Oil well permit.
Three of the four candidates from Northwest Colorado whose views most closely matched up with the goals of Citizens were defeated in the election.
Planning commissioners on Thursday recommended that Shell Oil be required to build a subsurface water quality monitoring well between the well’s bore hole and six domestic water wells in the vicinity.
House District 26 candidate Diane Mitsch Bush said she felt vindicated upon learning that the state is considering new rules on water quality testing for oil wells. Her opponent, Republican Chuck McConnell, argued that developing the state's many natural resources without burdensome regulations is the quickest way to boost the economy.
Tuesday's meeting will offer case studies from other western communities like Sublette County, Wyo., where a natural gas boom led to a 20 percent increase in the population.
The outcome of the Nov. 6 election has the potential to shift county government’s regulatory outlook on permitting oil and gas wells, but it would take time for any policy changes to be noticed.
Chuck McConnell says "Oil and gas creates jobs today — these are high-paying jobs," while Diane Mitsch Bush counters that "Research and experience show small businesses are the job creators."
Much of the friction has come from frustration over the approval process for permitting new oil and gas wells and some residents’ inability to collect royalties.
Mike King, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, rejected any notion that the state’s recent lawsuit filed against the city of Longmont signals that the governor’s office is not looking out for local communities in energy matters.
The Routt County Board of Commissioners will consider approving a reimbursement agreement with Shell Oil on Tuesday for $354,217 in improvements to County Road 65 needed for the approved Gnat Hill well.
Buffeted by public opposition and towns toughening local limits, Colorado officials are preparing to revise state regulations governing oil and gas drilling. Industry groups on Thursday opposed the effort.
Quicksilver Resources this week announced a partnership with Shell Oil that will allow the companies to jointly develop oil and gas interests in an area covering more than 850,000 acres in Northwest Colorado.
Quicksilver Resources, Inc. announced Monday it has entered into an agreement with Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP — a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, plc.
Doug Monger said Friday that he thinks there is more common ground for local governments and Gov. Hickenlooper to explore short of the lawsuit against Longmont over oil regulations.