Cold can pose drilling pad plumbing problems

Cold weather brings litany of challenges to the gas fields

James Merriam, left, and Richard Herrera, are both floormen on HP Flex drill rig No. 280 in Rulison, south of Interstate 70. The two were adding a 90-foot section of pipe to the rig. The blue blankets in the background help keep out the cold.



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James Merriam, left, and Richard Herrera, are both floormen on HP Flex drill rig No. 280 in Rulison, south of Interstate 70. The two were adding a 90-foot section of pipe to the rig. The blue blankets in the background help keep out the cold.

Every homeowner knows how the winter cold can test a property’s plumbing. It turns out, energy companies face the same ordeal. Frozen valves and other maladies, including operator…




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