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Quicksilver returns to Routt County for oil drilling permit

— The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected hear a special-use permit request Tuesday night from Quicksilver Resources to drill an oil well in two phases on Wolf Mountain this spring and late summer.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.

The meeting was continued from an originally scheduled hearing date of March 12.

The first phase, spudding of the well to a relatively shallow depth, would begin this month. The site then would be vacated during sensitive grouse mating and rearing months, and revisited in August when drilling would be completed during a process that would last approximately 60 days.

New information to be presented Tuesday night includes the findings of a consulting engineering firm assessing the impacts of the new well on Routt County roads 52 and 70, which would be part of the haul route, as well as estimated traffic volumes.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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