Friday, June 14, 2013

Who decides to drill for gas and oil inside our town?

That's the question I asked Logan Richardson, Vice President of Mineral Resources. He answered:
"We have experiences where mineral owners have solicited our company and others to develop projects, other instances where cities and towns have solicited offers and we have been the initiator of new projects. The question of who spurs new development depends on the site and circumstance." 
Mineral Resources has initiated at least two big projects in town. According to an article in the Northern Colorado Business Report (Oct. 18, 2010) the company "bought a former woodworking shop to operate a site from which to drill multiple wells beneath the city." See: Richmark Energy buys Greeley building, land for well drilling.

 The 'Midtown Directional Project' will have 18 oil storage tanks, 37 separators and 2 flares on site, and was approved on May 31st by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Here is the location.

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 In a previous deal, the company drilled 34 wells from one site just south of the U.S. 34 Bypass and U.S. Highway 85 intersection in south Greeley. See photo below. If you zoom in, you can count the 34 well heads (square shapes) and the many gas separators. They each have a pipe which emits poisonous fumes 24/7, as do the two big flare stacks that resemble chimneys. They actually are, as they burn 'excess' gas. You see them centered, right of the green arrow. 

1 comment:

  1. Keep up the good investigative reporting on what's happening in our city as elected officials, local cable, and newspaper aren't.