DRILLER’S MARKET

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The Black Hills–Ensign rig No. 161 towers above 222 Road, northwest of De Beque. The recent drilling slowdown and low oil and gas prices have increased the availability of rigs and lowered costs for drilling and completing wells, which has allowed Black Hills Exploration & Production to contract two new drilling rigs.


Slowdown in oil industry yields cheap drilling costs

These are far from the best of times for energy companies in western Colorado and across the country, with a drilling slowdown and layoffs resulting from low oil and gas prices.
But the slowdown also has produced at least one upside for companies: increased availability of rigs from drilling contractors and lower costs for drilling and completing wells.

GJ airport embarks on runway upgrade

Grand Junction Regional Airport is preparing its approach toward dealing with its aging, uneven main runway.


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