Antero postpones Silt-area well requests

Antero Resources has postponed requests for increased natural gas well densities near Silt so it can further discuss its plans with Garfield County and concerned local residents.

The company said in a letter to county commissioners that its requests for 10-acre well spacing on two square-mile sections in the Silt Mesa and Peach Valley areas will be considered Feb. 22. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission had been scheduled to consider them next week.

“Following a discussion of these applications and after hearing the concerns of both the Commissioners and the citizens, we concluded that additional dialogue regarding our plan is necessary,” Kevin Kilstrom, an Antero vice president, said in a letter to commissioners.

Commissioners have intervened in the applications to raise concerns about the cumulative impacts of that many wells on area residents. On Monday, they rejected a settlement offer by Antero under which the company would commit to having no more than four well pads per square mile and keeping drilling rigs at least 500 feet from homes.

Commissioners urged Antero to hold further discussions with county attorneys and to include local residents as well.

Meanwhile, the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and its subgroup representing the Rifle to New Castle area said they would not drop opposition to the 10-acre spacing.
“While we appreciate the opportunity to sit down with Antero to discuss the subject, the evidence against increasing well density is too great to overcome,” they said in an e-mailed statement.


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