County wants Colorado to reconsider drilling concerns
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Garfield County wants state regulators to reconsider its consultant’s concerns about drilling in an area where natural gas from a well seeped into a creek in western Colorado.Judy Jordan, the county’s oil and gas liaison, argues the state has been more interested in discrediting consultant and geologist Geoffrey Thyne than resolving issues around drilling in the area south of Silt.Dave Neslin, director of the state oil and gas commission, disputes Jordan’s contention and says regulators will consider requests for more study.The county’s consultant has raised questions about West Divide Creek, where natural gas was found in 2004. The state fined EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. after concluding that a well’s cement casing failed, allowing gas to flow into the creek.
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