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WOW!!! It is amazing how ignorant the city of Steamboat is. The Niobrara Formation is at the surface on the western edge of town. Um…Not much potential to drill a well there. But I am sure they will spend a lot of tax dollars chasing this one down. What a bunch of idiots. How about they pick up a geologic map and do a little research. Maybe they will drill a well on the ski area? I hear Pre-Cambrian basement produces a lot of oil this time of year. It never ceases to amaze me how stupid some of these people are. Why do some of these people have jobs, let alone spending tax dollars. Ignorance must be bliss.
Sun, look up SPCC and emergency response plans. All operators must have them. Trump_suit, the reason there is no CBL on the COGCC website is because the operator has filed for confidentiality status. The COGCC requires a CBL be run within 72 hours of cementing casing. ALL operators MUST run a CBL and get a completion sundry approved by the COGCC engineer before completions can begin. The problem is that the general public is ignorant to the drilling and completion process. People, such as myself, obtain MS and PHD's on the subject. People do not realize that oil and gas companies are NOT out to pollute everything, yes accidents happen and operators are held responsible for their actions. Take BP’s incident. Do we hear anything of it anymore. NO! Except from politician and liberals. BP cleaned up the spill and the media blew a majority of information out of p[roportion. There are specific bacteria that eat oil and natural gas. Oil, it is 100% natural, 100% organic but you can’t find it at whole foods.
Well lovestoread, my years of experience and research still far outweigh your hours of reading. 100% of the gas found in peoples water wells in the Piceance Basin (Rifle area) is biogenic. Which means it occurs naturally near the surface and is not thermogenic. A simple gas analysis will show that the gas composition is of shallow biogenic gas. The Wasatch Formation in the Piceance Basin contains abundant shallow biogenic gas and when people are stupid enough to drill water wells into the Wasatch and guess what. Yep, they get natural gas in their water well , curtsey of themselves. People have had methane in the water wells for the past 200 years and biogenic gas has been around for MILLIONS of years. It is the people like you who are waiting to blame someone for their bad water which they were fine to drink until they see a drilling rig. How about you give up everything in your everyday life that requires oil and gas to create: your car, you heat, your air conditioning, all you luxuries. That’s right MR/Mrs. Green. I did not think you would. Before an operator can frac a well the COGCC reviews the CBL (Cement Bond Log) for the well to make sure that the casing is cemented correctly and zonal isolation can occur which protects the shallow aquifers. Yes, blame Halliburton and Dick Cheney. That kind of liberal attitude is what is wrong with people today. I was raised in the area, and I know 80% of people have hard water (poor water quality), the other 20% are on a municipal water system.
I am thoroughly amazed at how ignorant you people really are. Obviously you idiots know how to use the internet and can read to some degree. How about this, you go read the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) rules and regulations and then comment on the article. Yes, read the 2,000 page document that covers the rules and regulations that oil and gas operators have to abide by. Fracing does not contaminate the groundwater, not unless your water well is 8,000 ft deep. Oh yeah I forgot, any water at a depth greater than 2,500 feet would probably kill you as fast as drinking rat poison. Hotels and Casinos are around a lot longer than one of these well pads. Well pads can and are reclaimed and people like you never even know they are there. There is probably 10,000 wells drilled in Rout, Moffat, and Jackson counties, most of which you never even noticed. Why? Because they have been reclaimed as per the COGCC rules and regulations. Also, since you know how to use the internet. Now that you have read all the COGCC rules and regulations how about you do something us intelligent people call research and find out how deep the formation is that Quicksilver will be fracing. Finally, where do you think they got the gravel for the pad and access road. They probably shipped it in from China, the gravel in China is a lot better than the gravel in Routt County. Oh yeah, you just comment and do not research. The gravel in Routt county is three times more expensive than Denver but it is local and the trucking cost is low. SO Bingo! Yep, the gravel was bought locally, supporting the local economy. The word for today’s lesson is RESEARCH! Try doing some before you open your over opinionated mouth next time.
I feel that it would be very beneficial for all of you to read and become familiar with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rules and Regulations (COGCC) before commenting any further on the article. The Rules and Regulations would clear up a lot of your questions preventing you from looking like a bigger idiot (especially SUN and mmjPatient22).
The COGCC web-site also has several responses to the fallacies that are presented in Gas Land. Methane occurs shallow naturally and depending on the aquifer that a water well is producing from there can be a significant amount of methane. All oil/gas pads have to be fenced and have a sign with emergency contact information. For all the people bitching how about you do several things before you post again 1). Stop driving you car or taking any form of transportation that requires any form of hydrocarbon, 2), Stop using any Tupper ware or anything that requires petroleum products to manufacture (included make-up if you are a woman, 3). Stop heating your home and using your refrigerator, 4). Start growing all your own food, and 5). Do you reading so you might not embarrass yourself next time you post. Here is the link to the COGCC web-site http://cogcc.state.co.us/
I do commend you on being proactive in an effort to protect the community. The traffic issue is a hot topic in many areas, not just associated with oil & gas activity, look at I-70. However, there are a few things that need to be corrected and clarified with your posted comment.
1.) Thousands of wells have been drilled on the Pine Dale anticline and in the Jonah Field which are both a lot closer to Yellow Stone than the Southwestern Flank of the Sandwash Basin (Yampa Valley). There also has been several thousand wells drilled in the area of Hayden, Craig, RANGLEY oil field, and Maybell. None of this drilling has set off the super volcano. I am not sure where you got the idea that the super volcano could erupt because of a oil or gas well.
2.) Here is the Link to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Website (COGCC) where you will be able to find the rules and regulations regarding oil and gas drilling and locations with respect to both rural and urban areas. (http://cogcc.state.co.us/). Click on Rules. Well pads are typically fenced and bermed. It is a COGCC requirement that ALL well pads have a sign indicating the operator, well name and number, and an emergency contact. Operators have to obtain a well permit or APD in the form of a Form 2 and a Form 2a before a well can be spud or a location can be built.
3.) Typically coal mines are not more than a few thousand feet deep. Mining Companies as well as oil and gas companies lease the mineral rights from a person which allows a company to extract the leased minerals. Oil and Gas wells are typically not drilled through coal mines but there are some exceptions. The J-W well would be located several miles from any active coal mine and would probably not affect an existing coal mine.
I am just trying to make sure you and the general public understand the facts and how to access the COGCC web-site for pertinent information pertaining to oil and gas drilling. I think you should become more familiar with oil and gas drilling rules, regulations and operational procedures
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