Well No. 1 work site
This is the first work site for the El Paso South Park Project. The drilling activity may have already started as of this date (8-29-2010).
This photo is courtesy of a landowner in this area.
We have been told that Park County has already done some on site inspections.
The Exploratory phase of this project will consist of three wells to be drilled over a time period of three years. The activity could possibly take place quicker than.
Houston Chronicle - El Paso sees great value in spinning off E&P unit
El Paso sees great value in spinning off E&P unit
New Houston-based business would have assets of $4.7 billion
By TOM FOWLER - HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Natural gas pipeline giant El Paso Corp. will spin off its growing exploration and production business into a stand-alone public company, a move that has long been anticipated by analysts and investors.
The new company would be a midsize E&P company with significant acreage in a number of shale plays, including the Haynesville gas shales in Louisiana, the Eagle Ford and Wolfcamp oil shales in Texas and Utah's Altamont oil shales.
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Old holes made in search of oil and gas have been abandoned but may be providing paths for contamination to creep up
In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil and gas. Many of those holes were plugged after they dried up. But hundreds of thousands were simply abandoned and forgotten, often leaving no records of their existence. Read full articlehttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=deteriorating-oil-gas-wells-threatening-americas-drinking-water&print=true
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a House subcommittee recently that a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing could be the “Achilles’ heel” that kills theindustry.
Worrisome to environmentalists and some residents who live near gas wells is whether the fluids used in fracturing seep into drinking water, even though that has not been proved in most water-well investigations. In Colorado, rules were updated in 2008 ... Read Article
Environmental Health News - Colorado
Annual Energy Outlook 2011.pdfNew Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation last week that would make their state the first to ban the controversial and largely unregulated practice of hydraulic fracturing, aka "fracking," used to drill for natural gas. The New Jersey Senate Environment Committee approved the legislation amid a public debate over proposed regulations for an estimated 10,000 fracking wells that could soon be established in the Delaware River Basin. Read Article
Palisade - The company planning to drill for oil and gas on the slopes that hold the drinking-water source for Palisade and Grand Junction has promised not to use the toxic substances that are generally pumped into the ground to fracture rock formations.
Instead, Genesis Oil & Gas will put a "green" slurry into the watershed on the Grand Mesa. It will be a mix of more innocuous substances such as citrus oils and other organic materials.
What is being called "green fracing" is an attempt to push more environmentally friendly fluids into the ground under high pressure to fracture the rock and allow oil and gas to reach wells.
A The New York Times investigation this past weekend fanned the flames
of opposition to the practice. The Times reported that chemicals and
radioactive materials used during “fracking” pose significant dangers
to public health and the environment. Shortly after the story was
published, Markey called for “immediate action” from the Environmental
Protection Agency, which is currently conducting a study on the
Edward J. Markey asked Interior Secretary Ken Salzar to provide information
about fracking on public lands by March 25.
The letter comes as the Interior Department is deciding whether to
force companies to disclose the specific chemicals used in fracking on
The possible dangers of gas drilling, including the process known as Here's a quick breakdown of the key issues., are drawing more attention from the media as gas drilling expands across the United States.
February 7, 2011 -- With the recent Oscar nomination of my documentary film GASLAND, Big Gas and their PR attack machine hit a new low in its blatant disregard for the truth.
In an unprecedented move, an oil and gas industry front group sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saying that the film should be ineligible for best documentary feature.-
Wells for extracting natural gas, like these in Colorado, are a growing source of energy but can also pose hazards. Read Article
How a determined Vietnam Vet living in rural Wyoming faced down an oil and gas company and began a national debate on the environmental effects of natural gas drilling. View Article
Written by Gail Tverberg
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 13:41
We often hear statements suggesting that by ramping up shale gas production, the US can raise total natural gas production and solve many of its energy problems. While there is the possibility that shale gas will allow US natural gas supplies to increase for a few years, it is doubtful this advantage will last for many years. Furthermore, the amount of coal and oil that need to be replaced are very high in relationship to natural gas production, so even a large increase in natural gas production would have a small effect.
These are some of the reasons (10) I think natural gas optimism is misplaced:
Arlington is in the heart of the a gas drilling boom going on in North Texas using a dangerous method popularly known as "fracking." In fracking communities around the country, from North Texas to Pennsylvania, residents who live near drilling operations are getting sick. The water contamination in nearby Parker County, Texas is so bad that one homeowners had his garden hose recently spewing flames.
(Reuters) - U.S. environmental regulators issued a draft plan on Tuesday
outlining how they will determine whether a technique for drilling natural gas
harms supplies of drinking water.
Congress commissioned the Environmental Protection Agency to study hydraulic
fracturing, or "fracking", after complaints that the process pollutes water. The
EPA is slated to make public initial results of the study by the end of next
Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated
by Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica, Jan. 25, 2011, 8:34 a.m.
The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency—and a growing understanding of the pollution associated with the full “life cycle” of gas production—is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.
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