Huerfano County: Petroglyph Operating Company Inc. angling to restart coalbed methane wells

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Anthony A. Mestas):

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission shut down the methane wells in 2007 because of seepage into private water wells.

Residents, however, still are complaining that coal-bed methane has migrated into their water wells and that some of those wells are drying up. Farmers and ranchers also are expressing fears that drilling for coal-bed methane could contaminate groundwater. The Boise, Idaho-based company has requested a 10-year permit to pump water from one formation, treat it and then reinject it into another formation that contains domestic water wells and is used for agriculture. The company hopes to create a barrier of water to prevent methane from going where it shouldn’t.

More than 100 people gathered Monday at the Walsenburg Community Center for a meeting with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials to speak out against the permit. Valois Shea, an environmental scientist with the EPA, led the meeting.

More coalbed methane coverage here and here.

One Response to Huerfano County: Petroglyph Operating Company Inc. angling to restart coalbed methane wells

  1. T. Wharton says:

    Surface discharge of CBM water is the real issue. Do we want to SAVE this water or dispose of it? Most of this water is usable water, and it should be SAVED. This would eliminate the reducion in avaialable water.

    Operating companies can easily solve this problem by using in-bore aquifer recharge injection – IE all the water produced from the coal seam is pumped into a selected aquifer, and this is all done in the same well bore. The water never comes to the surface, landowners are usually able to apply for senior water rights on the injected water, surface discharge and disturbance is reduced, and it actually costs less to impliment for the operator.
    Here is an example of a company that does it – http://www.bigcatenergy.com/ARID-Aquifer-Recharge.pdf

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