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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.
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.
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.
Quicksivler Resources CEO Glenn M. Darden discussed his company’s first-quarter fiscal performance and its collaboration with Shell Oil in Northwest Colorado during a May 7 conference call.
Shell Oil’s Matt Holman, a senior geologist and project manager in this region, said Wednesday that his company does not intend to use hydraulic fracturing at the Camilletti well north of Milner.
Shell Social Performance Adviser Garrett Dolan said he would begin a socioeconomic impact analysis that would study potential effects on Routt and Moffat counties.
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.
Routt County's proposal would have required energy companies to check for pollutants in new monitoring wells between the oil wells and water wells.
Council says oil company must find alternate route or invest in town infrastructure
Oil and gas operators looking to send heavy trucks south through the town of Hayden to access well sites in rural Routt County will have to find an alternate route or work with the town to invest in its infrastructure.
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.
Citizens Supporting Property Rights may benefit from a reminder of some problems new zoning regulations on oil and gas production in Routt County seek to address.
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.
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.
During a Monday meeting held by Citizens Supporting Property Rights, candidates for the state Legislature were asked: "How would you facilitate the oil and gas industry when local governments are creating their own regulations with a knee-jerk reaction?"
With early voting beginning in less than two months, it’s time voters heard clear stances from Routt County commissioner candidates on oil and gas regulation and how they would proceed if elected.