Well pad threatened by Collbran mudslide

Local oil and gas officials said today that at least one active natural gas production facility has been impacted by the Sunday evening mudslide near Collbran.

The threatened well pad contains three active natural gas wells, which were shut down manually as a precautionary measure. Connective pipelines associated with the natural gas wells were also depressurized and drained, according to David Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association.

Ludlam also said that a limited number of non-producing natural gas wells may have also been affected, but regulators believe at this point that they pose no immediate risk factors to the public or environment.

The West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association plans to establish a “Caring for Collbran” response fund to coordinate industry donations, West Slope COGA said in a press release.

Association members affected by the slide include Oxy, and association members who operate natural gas wells in the larger Plateau Valley region, but not in the slide area, include Axia, Piceance Energy and Encana Oil & Gas.


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