Halliburton digs in at former Cameo coal mine

Halliburton is expanding its sand-storage operations in the Cameo area of De Beque Canyon.

The worldwide energy-services company, based in Texas, is converting the former Snowcap Coal Co. site in Cameo, located about five miles east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70, into a facility for the storage of sand, barite and potash KC1, which are all used in drilling and fracturing operations.

Halliburton has been using the site since 2006 on a small scale for the off-loading of sand from rail cars onto truck trailers, which are driven to well sites. The company said it intends to purchase 153 acres in Cameo from Snowcap Coal and ramp up operations in the canyon over a period of three construction phases.

Last week the Mesa County Commission granted Halliburton a conditional-use permit to: increase operations at Cameo; demolish the existing towers; erect three 127-foot towers for silicone sand; build tanks to store the barite and potash; create a wastewater-treatment system to accommodate up to 25 employees; replace a bridge on the south end of the property; and eventually build a warehouse and offices.

The company has agreed to: build a coal-conveyor system, an old pump house and a water tank; fill in existing storm-water ponds; and eliminate sewage lagoons on the property, according to the county’s review of the project.

The property is served by a 9,000-foot rail spur and is accessible from I 9/10 Road and the I-70 interchange.

“In my view it is a great improvement to the property overall,” Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said before the board unanimously approved the permit.


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