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Wells

COGCC has approved 368 well(s) operated in Huerfano County, Colorado:

Tank Batteries

COGCC has approved no tank batteries operated in Huerfano County, Colorado.

Pending Applications

There are no pending applications in Huerfano County, Colorado.

Approved Applications

COGCC has approved no applications in Huerfano County, Colorado.

Flowlines

COGCC has approved no flowlines operated in .

Pits

85 pit(s) operated in Huerfano County, Colorado has/have been approved by COGCC:

Complaints

The following 603 complaints have been recorded in Huerfano County, Colorado or have not been assigned to a county:

  • 3405 HUERFANO Nov. 7, 2012 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. Hopke is concerned about posible changes to groundwater accessed by his domestic water well in relation to cessation of the MIMMP by Petroglyph. Resolution: Summary letter mailed to Mr. Hopke.
  • 4094 HUERFANO Sept. 7, 2010 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. and Mrs. Bounds are concerned about contiuing and possible further impacts to gorundwater quality from nearby CBM and remediation activities. Resolution: No further imapcts to groundwater noted in analyses and data available from mitigation activities in the area to the north of the Bounds property.
  • 4095 HUERFANO Sept. 7, 2010 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mrs. Angely is concerned about continuing and possible new impacts from CBM and remediation activities to groundwater quality in her domestic well. Resolution: Letter summarizing results of continued depth to water monitoring and gas flow monitoring mailed to Mrs. Angely. Gas flow has been neglible for most of the past two years and dpeth to water remained stabel except when well is used. Water quality is still not as good as when first sampled in 2007. No new impacts noted in data.
  • 2960 HUERFANO Nov. 28, 2014 Operator: Oxy Usa Inc BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: Ms. Koscove requested baseline sampling of spring to NW of location Resolution: No impacts to water quality from nearby oil and gas operations observed in data from lab. Mailed summary letter to Mrs. Koscove.
  • 3322 HUERFANO April 30, 2013 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mrs. Angely is concerned about possible impacts to groundwater from the cessation of the remediation efforts with respect to the Poison Canyon aquifer. Resolution: No significant changes in groundwater quality upon cessation of methane mitigation project (Order 1C-6). No further impacts to groundwater quality observed in data from sampling and analysis.
  • 3323 HUERFANO April 30, 2013 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. Smith is concerned about possible changes in groundwater quality from the remdiation and subsequent closure of the remediation of Poison Canyon aquifer in his area. Resolution: Cessation of groundwater mitigation efforts by Petroglyph have not adversely impacted the quality of groundwater in Mr. Smith's domestic water well.
  • 3404 HUERFANO Nov. 7, 2012 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr.Smith is concerned about groundwater quality in his domestic water well following the cessation of active remediation as part of the Petroglyph MIMMP. Resolution: Summary letter mailed to Mr. Smith.
  • 3488 HUERFANO Sept. 28, 2012 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mrs. Angely is concerned regarding levels of sulfate and TDS present in groundwater at her domestic water well. Resolution: Water quality simialr to some previous sampling and analysis events with lower TDS and sulfate than in several previous samplings. Isotopic composition changes of methane shows signs of oxidative degradtion over the last few years. Microbial analysis indicates methanotrophic bacteria are present and in larger populations that methanogenic bacteria.
  • 3823 HUERFANO June 24, 2011 Operator: Swepi Lp OTHER Description: Unique Geology/Hydrology To my knowledge, no one has ever drilled to 14,500 in this basin. There are over 1500 radial dikes that run through the formations. To think that Shell will be able to maintain the fluids in the target area is a bit implausible. Especially since we really don’t know what the target formation is. Again, Shell does not know what they will encounter, they are keeping their options open. If they have to frack at 7,000 feet BGS, is that a target area? Resolution: Regarding the Unique Geology/Hydrology: The operator in this case is able to rely on seismic studies conducted in close proximity to the location and on data from a 10,000 foot deep well recently drilled approximately 3 miles to the southwest. Moreover, this is an exploratory well, so the operator will be constantly assessing information gathered during the drilling and completion of the well. The data gathered during the logging of the well will aid in developing a better understanding of the basin characteristics.
  • 3803 HUERFANO July 14, 2011 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. McEntee claims that yield of water from his well has been impacted by the CBM operations of Petroglyph in Huerfano County. Resolution: Summary letter and analytical data mailed to Mr. McEntee. No meaningful measurement of well yield prior to 2010. No impact could be determined and static water level in Mcentee well is approximatley 40 feet higher than the regional Vemrjo formation wells with drawdown from CBM operations and not thought that McEntee well in good hydraulic connection with the coals produced by Petroglyph.
  • 3822 HUERFANO June 24, 2011 Operator: Swepi Lp GROUND WATER Description: Water Protection and Testing While the proposed well will drill to depth of 14,500 feet BGS, the actual fracking may take place multiple places along the drill course. This is a directional well, not a vertical bore, and Shell does not know what they will encounter. Shell has not committed to fracking in any identified area. Therefore, the distance to nearby wells cannot be determined. Also, there is a new agriculture structure (barn & stable) less than 2,000 feet from the proposed well. Baseline testing of well water should not be “the nearest two wells to which they have access.” The nearest two wells may or may not be domestic wells, and if the water monitors do not have full and unconditional access then testing will not take place. This must be amended to include testing within a radius of three to five miles. This is crucial and not a negotiable item for reasons of ground water movement identified further in this response. Resolution: Regarding Water Protection and Testing: The COGCC has no evidence that would support a requirement to test all wells within 3 to 5 miles of the Klikus 2-19 well. Even in cases where this agency has documented cases of water well contamination, the contaminants have not migrated such a distance. The requirement for the two nearest wells has been used throughout the state, and is appropriate, because the nearest wells are the most likely to show the first signs of impact if it were to occur. Further, we do not specify the type of well that should be considered, because it may be equally appropriate to test a shallow alluvial aquifer as a deep drinking water aquifer. Further, upon allegation of impact to a domestic water well, the COGCC will always investigate.
  • 3117 HUERFANO April 11, 2014 Operator: Swepi Lp OTHER Description: At 12:55pm,on (04/02/14) I got a call from Mike Leonard/COGCC asking me to look into a complaint on HOUSEKEEPING (hay blowing at this well site) from Mr. Redman. Resolution: On May 5, 2014 I got a call from Steve Compton of Shell. He told me the HOUSEKEEPING issues had been fixed. On May 6, 2014 (12:30pm) I went to the Freeman 3-24. The HOUSEKEEPING issues with the hay bales, that blew off well pad, have been taken care of. The unused wooden pallet has been removed. Off site at 1:00pm. On May 9, 2014 (3:00pm) I call and speak with Mrs. Redman. I told her the HOUSEKEEPING issues had been addressed. She thanked me and I told her , if Mr. Redman had any questions to give me a call.
  • 3321 HUERFANO April 30, 2013 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. and Mrs Bounds are concerned about possible impacts to groudnwater quality in their water well following the cessation of the remediation. Resolution: No impacts in groundwater quality after cessation of methane mitigation operations (Order 1C-6) and plugging of all CBM wells in area.
  • 3825 HUERFANO June 24, 2011 Operator: Swepi Lp WILDFIRE Description: Fire Hazard The small rural fire department at La Veta, and even Walsenburg, is not equipped to handle a fire associated with leaking gas that may ignite by accident. At a natural gas site recently, two welders were killed and the ensuing fire could not be extinguished for two days because the rural fire department did not have the kind of equipment needed to handle that type of fire. We all take extraordinary precautions these days and I am sure no one will be negligent, however, accidents happen. The services needed to handle potential fire hazards is simple not sufficient for this type of operation. Resolution: Regarding Fire Hazard: The COGCC understands the fear of fire risk, especially in light of current hot and dry conditions, however, flaring is a controlled event, engineered for safety. The well pad itself also creates a buffer area free of combustible vegetation. While many local and volunteer fire departments are not equipped to fight fires associated with production facilities, they do play a vital role in protecting public safety during such emergencies, primarily by preventing public access to a developing situation, providing information to the public, and coordinating resources to aid specialized oil field emergency response contractors who are trained and equipped to respond to catastrophic events and can mobilize to a location within hours.
  • 2986 HUERFANO Oct. 29, 2014 Operator: Oxy Usa Inc ROADS Description: “After 100’s of vehicles drove over my surface land for DS# 1-12B Oxy left my road (SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS). I asked that the road be graded and new gravel put on surface road by 9 Oct 2014. This work was not done.” Resolution: The COGCC implemented a new public complaint process on January 8, 2015. This complaint was received prior to the new process and was either investigated and resolved without formal documentation or was not fully investigated. COGCC staff reviewed historical documents and could not find information on the complaint investigation and due to time will now close the complaint.
  • 1529 HUERFANO June 8, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: Location: Freeman #3 well, County Road 530 Walsenburg Issue: I live next to the site. In the past Shell notified me of work on the site. Now there is excavation and a new road outside of the original site. There are are also a dozen water tanks that I'm assuming will be used for more fracking. Dirt has been piled up in mounds that blow around with our frequent valley winds. I'm also concerned that the additional changes to the property will cause even more erosion on our private road to the West of the site. The original site plan called for a much reduced size to the pad after the well was installed. What does the new site plan specify? Resolution: COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance including access road (“Disturbed Area”) and that there were no stormwater control BMPs in place at the Disturbed Area. Soil stockpiles were not stabilized, vehicle tracking control practices were not implemented at the access road, and there were no stormwater controls along the perimeter of the Disturbed Area. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to install required BMPs per Rule 1002.f by June 10, 2017. Additionally, staff observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance constituting construction or major change. The total area of the recent disturbance, including a new access road that enters the west side of the Location and additional pad disturbance contiguous to the Location, is 1.41 acres. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to submit, by June 10, 2017, a Form 42 notice with the date on which construction of the disturbance commenced. On June 8, 2017, Operator submitted the Form 42 construction notice (Document # 401303826) indicating a construction or major change start date of June 1, 2017. Based on this reported start date, the Operator failed to submit a Form 42 Notice of Construction or Major Change at least 48 hours in advance of commencing construction, in violation of Rule 316C.c. and in violation of the Condition of Approval in Form 2A. COGCC Staff re-inspected the Location on June 12, 2017 (Document No. 673504439) and observed that no stormwater controls had been installed, beyond the corrective action deadline of June 10, 2017. Further observations were; “The segregated soil stockpiles at the recently constructed area were in the process of being replaced and contoured. The disturbed soils are susceptible to wind and stormwater erosion. The soils will need to be stabilized with a certified weed free mulch or equivalent method until vegetation has re-established.” An additional Stormwater correcti
  • 3520 HUERFANO Aug. 5, 2012 Operator: Swepi Lp BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: Operator of the municipal supply water wells in Gardner requested baseline sampling and analysis of groundwater from two wells. Resolution: Baseline analysis results and summary letter mailed to Mr. Stephen.
  • 1480 HUERFANO June 9, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator RECLAMATION Description: Alta Mesa has removed a large area of native grass and topsoil adjacent to the original well site drilled by Shell. Also a road has been carved from the county road leavening rocks on the county road. I am concerned about the area growing noxious weed, as when the native gamma grass is disturbed, only weeds will grow back, also a new road which leaves the area, in time with a new arroyo, due to water runoff. There is a pad already constructed with an entrance, why more destruction of native habitat. Resolution: COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance including access road (“Disturbed Area”) and that there were no stormwater control BMPs in place at the Disturbed Area. Soil stockpiles were not stabilized, vehicle tracking control practices were not implemented at the access road, and there were no stormwater controls along the perimeter of the Disturbed Area. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to install required BMPs per Rule 1002.f by June 10, 2017. Additionally, staff observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance constituting construction or major change. The total area of the recent disturbance, including a new access road that enters the west side of the Location and additional pad disturbance contiguous to the Location, is 1.41 acres. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to submit, by June 10, 2017, a Form 42 notice with the date on which construction of the disturbance commenced. On June 8, 2017, Operator submitted the Form 42 construction notice (Document # 401303826) indicating a construction or major change start date of June 1, 2017. Based on this reported start date, the Operator failed to submit a Form 42 Notice of Construction or Major Change at least 48 hours in advance of commencing construction, in violation of Rule 316C.c. and in violation of the Condition of Approval in Form 2A. COGCC Staff re-inspected the Location on June 12, 2017 (Document No. 673504439) and observed that no stormwater controls had been installed, beyond the corrective action deadline of June 10, 2017. Further observations were; “The segregated soil stockpiles at the recently constructed area were in the process of being replaced and contoured. The disturbed soils are susceptible to wind and stormwater erosion. The soils will need to be stabilized with a certified weed free mulch or equivalent method until vegetation has re-established.” An additional Stormwater correcti
  • 1568 HUERFANO June 2, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: Location: Huerfano County freeman well location 429618 Freeman 3-24 Operator: ALTA MESA SERVICES LP 10630 Issue: there is a new access road made off of county road 530 which is not noted on the form 2A and no sundry notice was submitted. The concern is noxious weed invasion and dust. The weed contol plan does not include this area. Dust, new road and piles of dirt possible noxious weed invasion. Resolution: COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance including access road (“Disturbed Area”) and that there were no stormwater control BMPs in place at the Disturbed Area. Soil stockpiles were not stabilized, vehicle tracking control practices were not implemented at the access road, and there were no stormwater controls along the perimeter of the Disturbed Area. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to install required BMPs per Rule 1002.f by June 10, 2017. Additionally, staff observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance constituting construction or major change. The total area of the recent disturbance, including a new access road that enters the west side of the Location and additional pad disturbance contiguous to the Location, is 1.41 acres. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to submit, by June 10, 2017, a Form 42 notice with the date on which construction of the disturbance commenced. On June 8, 2017, Operator submitted the Form 42 construction notice (Document # 401303826) indicating a construction or major change start date of June 1, 2017. Based on this reported start date, the Operator failed to submit a Form 42 Notice of Construction or Major Change at least 48 hours in advance of commencing construction, in violation of Rule 316C.c. and in violation of the Condition of Approval in Form 2A. COGCC Staff re-inspected the Location on June 12, 2017 (Document No. 673504439) and observed that no stormwater controls had been installed, beyond the corrective action deadline of June 10, 2017. Further observations were; “The segregated soil stockpiles at the recently constructed area were in the process of being replaced and contoured. The disturbed soils are susceptible to wind and stormwater erosion. The soils will need to be stabilized with a certified weed free mulch or equivalent method until vegetation has re-established.” An additional Stormwater corre
  • 2983 HUERFANO Oct. 29, 2014 Operator: Oxy Usa Inc FENCING Description: "Damaged cattle guards." Resolution: The COGCC implemented a new public complaint process on January 8, 2015. This complaint was received prior to the new process and was either investigated and resolved without formal documentation or was not fully investigated. COGCC staff reviewed historical documents and could not find information on the complaint investigation and due to time will now close the complaint.
  • 3465 HUERFANO Nov. 12, 2012 Operator: Swepi Lp LIGHTING Description: Rosalyn McCain called stating the lights from the drilling rig were coming into her bedroom window at night Resolution: I contacted the rig manager to ensure the lighting was in the correct postion. He agreed to check on all lighting.
  • 3856 HUERFANO May 10, 2011 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. and Mrs. Bounds are concerned regarding possible continuing impacts to groundwater accessed by their well from past CBM and ongoing mitigation activities. Resolution: Summary letter mailed and e-mailed to the Bounds. Overall water quality is consistent with previous sampling events and water quality is of overall good quality with the exception of possible safety hazards associated with the elevated concentration of dissolved methane.
  • 3824 HUERFANO June 24, 2011 Operator: Swepi Lp STORMWATER BMPs Description: The well site occupies an area with documented surface water during rains and winter run-off, and soil profiles are extremely unstable. The following is the soil profile from Natural Resources and Conservation Service. Report—Roads and Streets, Shallow Excavations, and Lawns and Landscaping [Onsite investigation may be needed to validate the interpretations in this table and to confirm the identity of the soil on a given site. The numbers in the value columns range from 0.01 to 1.00. The larger the value, the greater the potential limitation. The table shows only the top five limitations for any given soil. The soil may have additional limitations] Roads and Streets, Shallow Excavations, and Lawns and Landscaping– Huerfano County Area, Colorado Map symbol and soil name Pct. of map unit Local roads and streets Shallow excavations Lawns and landscaping Rating class and limiting features Value Rating class and limiting features Value Rating class and limiting features Value 52—Noden sandy loam, 1 to 8 percent slopes Noden 95 Very limited Somewhat limited Not limited Low strength 1.00 Unstable excavation walls 0.10 Shrink-swell 0.50 I have personally documented water and soil run-off from the intermittent drainage along CR 430 at the very site of the well. If you note the topography of the following map you will see where the well site occupies a low spot in the terrain, along an intermittent water course. THE SOILS MOVE. I don’t know how to put this more plainly. To think of placing an evaporation pond on that sight is foolhardy, the runoff will end up in Middle Creek. Resolution: Regarding Protected Areas and Buffers: The map included with your comments indicates that landowners and easement holders may not have been notified by the operator. If the operator was required to submit notifications, by Rule, but did not, we would appreciate the offended party contact us directly, so that we may take enforcement action, if warranted. The requirements for notifications and consultations are covered in Rules 305 and 306. Regarding local soil instability, our review of the available data indicated that the thickness of the unstable soil was 60 inches and that such soil will not be used for road building. The operator’s site plan which includes cut and fill information accounts for the removal of topsoil prior to pad construction; this upper soil horizon was also evaluated to be the least stable. In our review of current and recent historic aerial photographs, we observed numerous pits and ponds proximate to this location that have been in use for many years. The operator has a stormwater management plan that includes run on control above proposed cut slopes and run off controls to limit erosion and sedimentation.
  • 3857 HUERFANO May 10, 2011 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mrs. Angely is concerned about possible impacts to groundwater quality resulting from Petroglyph's operations nearby, including MIMMP Resolution: Results of most recent sampling of Angely water well mailed to Mrs. Angely. No new impacts as a result of Phase 2 of the MIMMP were observed at this time.
  • 2261 HUERFANO June 30, 2016 Operator: Invalid Operator NOISE Description: flaring very noisy lasts until 0200 am family cannot sleep due to noise even with windows closed Resolution: I take my first noise readings on (07/08/16). I let Jerry Johnson (Alta Mesa) know that the 52-54 dbs are out of compliance for A-scale(nighttime readings), and that they must bring it below 50 dbs at nighttime. The Noise Baffling Walls show up the weekend of (07/09/16) for the work over rig. When they were finished swabbing the well, the noise baffling walls were taken from rig and put around flare box. At 7:00 pm on (07/10/16), started flaring the final time to (07/14/16)till 2:00 pm. For more information see Documents (Doc.# 668004603 and Doc.# 668004626). At 8:45 am on (07/20/16), I was at well site. Jerry Johnson (Alta Mesa) tells me that they had got the information and samples they needed and were packing up and would be off location by this evening (07/20/16). By (07/21/16) the location would be locked up and all personnel gone. Off site at 10:00 am.
  • 3054 HUERFANO Aug. 4, 2014 Operator: Swepi Lp BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: Mrs. Fariss requested baseline water well sampling Resolution: Summary letter mailed to the Fariss household. Major ion water quality is similar to many shallow groundwater sources in the Raton Basin. Baseline complaint closed with submission of results to Mr. and Mrs. Fariss.
  • 3039 HUERFANO Aug. 19, 2014 Operator: Oxy Usa Inc LAND USE CONFLICT Description: (08/15/14) @ 7:45 am :I got a call from Carrol Koscove asking me to meet her at 10:00 am on (08/27/14). She was not happy with the way Oxy was using her land. She said her trees were gone and according to Aaron Richter/BLM, Oxy had cut the trees before permits were issued. Where the trees were, now there is knapweed. Also there was some type of (creekbed or spring) in area. Resolution: Oxy had started construction of one pad prior to approval of the 2A for that location which resulted in an NOAV and subsequently 1V-527 was brought before the Commission in September of 2015. Operator was given to this spring to resolve weed problems. Other issues were not subject to COGCC rules.
  • 3456 HUERFANO Dec. 13, 2012 Operator: Swepi Lp GROUND WATER Description: a) Sundry approving the change of bottom hole location was not viewable to public. b) Complainant is concerned about potential environmental impacts because the new well path is going to approach mapped volcanic dikes visible on 1:250 scale geology of COGIS MapGuide. Resolution: Staff and Director explained our opinion that the well design, and the drilling permit and location assessment are protective of water resources and the environment in general. SWEPI is aware of the mapped dikes and they do not believe they will hit any. Even if they do COGCC does not believe it would be likely to cause an environmental problem. In regard to the referenced commission order against Petroglyph Energy, it was suspected but not proven that dikes contributed to the groundwater impacts. The related investigations are posted in the Library on our website under Raton Basin. The geological situation at that location is substantially different from the Freeman 3-24 location. In addition there are many examples of CBM wells in Raton Basin that logged igneous intrusions and no problems have occurred. At present COGCC has no substantial reason to prevent SWEPI from drilling in the proposed direction. SWEPI does not plan to frac the well initially, however they have the right to do so. We explained the Sundry was not posted on the public site due to a document management mechanism within the COGCC database to keep from releasing confidential information.
  • 4211 HUERFANO Feb. 16, 2010 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. and Mrs. Derowitsch have noted increased odor of hydrogen sulfide in water from thier domestic well and are concerned about general water quality and possible impacts from MIMMP operations. Resolution: MIMMP operations by Petroglyph in the immediate vicinity of the Derowitsch domestic well have not had an adverse impact on water quality produced by the well. Dissolved methane concentrations are at levels that may pose a explosion risk even though the homeowner has installed an aerator system in the vented outdoodr cistern. Petroglyph has installed methane alarm system in the home.
  • 4216 HUERFANO Jan. 28, 2010 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mrs. Andexler expressed concerns regarding water quality at her domestic well and continued operation of the MIMMP system. Resolution: No impacts from nearby CBM operations observed in analytical results. Methane concentration is currently less than 5µg/l. No impacts observed in this groundwater source as in some Poison Canyon aquifer wells a mile or 2 to the west.
  • 571 HUERFANO Nov. 15, 2017 Operator: Tabula Rasa Energy Llc PRODUCTION Description: La Veta Gas Plant 412177 Tabula Rasa is reporting 80% (eighty per cent) shrinkage over the past year according to COGCC production reporting. Where is this gas going, flared, leaked???? Absent Form 4 report per 900 Rules on flaring. Resolution: COGCC Production Supervisor reviewed production data. Lower production volumes were reported with no indications of non-compliance with COGCC rules.
  • 1481 HUERFANO June 15, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator PRODUCTION Description: Location: API# 05-055-06309 NWSW 24 27S 69W 6 Field: WIldcat Facility Name: Freeman Operator: Alta Mesa Services Facility#:3-24 Operator#:10630 Issue: Looking at 2016 Monthly Well Production, in July the report indicates that 426 barrels of water were put into an onsite pit (P). Looking at the COGCC GIS map I see no permitted pit for the Freeman site. In November 2016 with 29 production days there was no produced water reported at all. Alta Mesa is a new operator to our area, so we have been checking things out. Thank you. Resolution: Confirmed that the disposal was incorrect, corrected internally to reflect "M" code.
  • 1544 HUERFANO June 6, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: Location: Well Name/No: Freeman #3-24 Operator: ALTA MESA SERVICES LP - 10630 #429618 Issue: I drove on County Road 530 yesterday, and just past the road into the Freeman 3-24 Alta Mesa site, I saw large piles of dirt being blown by the wind. I turned to visit a friend on the first road past the entrance to the site and found myself on a newly constructed road into the site and past a large newly cleared area. Upon reviewing their approved Form 2A, this was on their approved site plan. I question whether this is appropriate activity at this site and request a site visit to inspect the site. Complainant has also contacted Huerfano County LGD Dale Lyons Resolution: COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance including access road (“Disturbed Area”) and that there were no stormwater control BMPs in place at the Disturbed Area. Soil stockpiles were not stabilized, vehicle tracking control practices were not implemented at the access road, and there were no stormwater controls along the perimeter of the Disturbed Area. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to install required BMPs per Rule 1002.f by June 10, 2017. Additionally, staff observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance constituting construction or major change. The total area of the recent disturbance, including a new access road that enters the west side of the Location and additional pad disturbance contiguous to the Location, is 1.41 acres. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to submit, by June 10, 2017, a Form 42 notice with the date on which construction of the disturbance commenced. On June 8, 2017, Operator submitted the Form 42 construction notice (Document # 401303826) indicating a construction or major change start date of June 1, 2017. Based on this reported start date, the Operator failed to submit a Form 42 Notice of Construction or Major Change at least 48 hours in advance of commencing construction, in violation of Rule 316C.c. and in violation of the Condition of Approval in Form 2A. COGCC Staff re-inspected the Location on June 12, 2017 (Document No. 673504439) and observed that no stormwater controls had been installed, beyond the corrective action deadline of June 10, 2017. Further observations were; “The segregated soil stockpiles at the recently constructed area were in the process of being replaced and contoured. The disturbed soils are susceptible to wind and stormwater erosion. The soils will need to be stabilized with a certified weed free mulch or equivalent method until vegetation has re-established.” An additional Stormwater correcti
  • 2984 HUERFANO Oct. 29, 2014 Operator: Oxy Usa Inc OTHER Description: "Crushed 15000 tons of rock from my property. Did not have a permit to crush the rock." Resolution: The COGCC implemented a new public complaint process on January 8, 2015. This complaint was received prior to the new process and was either investigated and resolved without formal documentation or was not fully investigated. COGCC staff reviewed historical documents and could not find information on the complaint investigation and due to time will now close the complaint.
  • 2987 HUERFANO Oct. 29, 2014 Operator: Oxy Usa Inc WEEDS Description: "Noxious weeds have increased 90% since OXY took over operation at Sheep Mountain Unit. I first contacted OXY June 2011. Since then the noxious weeds have spread 90% more." Resolution: The COGCC implemented a new public complaint process on January 8, 2015. This complaint was received prior to the new process and was either investigated and resolved without formal documentation or was not fully investigated. COGCC staff reviewed historical documents and could not find information on the complaint investigation and due to time will now close the complaint.
  • 2985 HUERFANO Oct. 29, 2014 Operator: Oxy Usa Inc PROPERTY DAMAGE Description: "On 4/28/2014 and 4/30/2014 OXY cut down approximately 400 of my trees from DS 6-15 and DS 7-15 before they had the required permits. They lied to COGCC and BLM and told them that they had paid me for the trees (27 Aug 2014). On 18 Sept 2014 I was paid for the trees. To date they have not cleaned up the area. Tree stumps are still stand. They are not sure if they will drill at these locations now." Resolution: issues raised previously in complaint 200410625 and will be addressed in that complaint so closed in this complaint
  • 3320 HUERFANO April 30, 2013 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. Hopke is concerned about possible changes to groundwater quality accessed by his well following the cessation of the remediation activities in his area. Resolution: No impacts from methane remediation system observed and no adverse impacts after end of mitigation operations after plugging of all CBM wells in area under order 1C-8
  • 3487 HUERFANO Sept. 28, 2012 Operator: Petroglyph Operating Co Inc Adba Petroglyph Energy GROUND WATER Description: Mr. and Mrs. Bounds are concerned about levels of methane and molybdenum present in water from their doemstic water well. Resolution: Concentration of Mo in samples was less than in samples collected in the spring of 2012. Source of increased Mo not determined at this point but may be from some parts or products used in installation of treatment system in the past year. Overall water quality is acceptable with safety concerns at well head due to concentration of dissolved methane. Methane was not detected in one sample from the tap in house with methane at wellhead four orders of magnitude greater concentration (before treatment).
  • 4036 Oct. 14, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator SPILLS Description: Caller wants to know why the public wasn't informed and what the COGCC is doing about Antero dumping waste in Gibson Gulch draw? She reported that she heard three truck drivers were fired by Antero because they refused to dump waste into Gibson Gulch, but they were replaced with others who did dump waste into Gibson Gulch. Resolution:
  • 4038 Nov. 1, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator SPILLS Description: Caller had heard of truck drivers being fired for not dumping waste in Gibson Gulch and that others were hired who did dump waste into Gibson Gulch. Caller wanted to know what COGCC was doing and why the public was not informed. Resolution:
  • 4041 Nov. 1, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator INACTIVE WELL Description: Complaint alleges several of Javernick Oil wells are not producing. See attached documaent #02021108 Resolution: Field inspection on 10/28/2010 found two wells that appeared to be in violation for excess shut in time unable to produce. Telephone conversation with Mr. Javernick comfirms wells were shut in for lack of oil production. Mr. Javernick also reported two more wells that are scheduled to be plugged for the same reason. Notices of Alleged Violation will be issued for these four wells and a cursory check of production for the rest of Javernick Oil will be made.
  • 4043 None Operator: Invalid Operator BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: Surface owner contacted J. Axelson and D. Baldwin to express concern about potential impacts to water quality and water rights from O&G development in the area. Follow up contact between S. Lindblom and surface owner determined that collecting pre-development water samples from springs, domestic well and irrigation wells would be appropriate. Resolution:
  • 4039 Nov. 2, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: PDC plans 8 wells on property adjacent to Simmons property. Simmons would like baseline samples collected from his water well. Resolution: Subject permits adjacent to complainant property were abandoned (AL) in April 2011. Wells were repermitted in May 2011 on complainant's property, and subsequently abandoned in August 2012. 1 horizontal evaluation well was permitted (August 2012) moved in consultation with complainant and drilled on complainant's property in December 2012. No further requests for groundwater sampling were made during onsite consultation. No samples were collected by COGCC. Complaint closed administratively during review of unresolved complaints February 2015 - GPD
  • 4040 Nov. 1, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator AESTHETICS Description: Complaint alleges Javernick Oil's production equipment is not painted and is in disrepair. See attached document# 02021108 Resolution: Field inspection of 15 Javernick Oil leases on 10/26/2010 and 10/28/2010 found all equipment to be painted proper color to comply with Rule 804. All equipment appeared to be functioning properly.
  • 4042 Nov. 1, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator SOIL CONTAMINATION Description: Complaint alleges "several barrels of oil" spilled on Javernick Oil lease in "section 21". See attached document #02021108 Resolution: Field inspection on 10/28/2010 of all wells in section 21 reveals no evidence of a "several barrel" spill of oil. There was a small amount of stained dirt on the tank pad are at the Fee 5 350. However this would be considered a deminimus amount and according to Mr. Javernick is being remediated.
  • 4048 Nov. 1, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: Gena Vale called to request that COGCC collect samples from her domestic well to establish basleine conditions in advance of any oil and gas development in the area. Resolution: Samples collected and analyzed. No constituents of concern detected. Letter sent.
  • 4055 Oct. 26, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Well water tested 20.57 mg/l methane in September. Test requested by renter living in home and OK'd by owner. Wants to know what this is from. Did not think it existed in the past. Resolution: Home going to auction - new homeowner's pending. COGCC contact information for follow-up relayed to bank and auction house. No one living in home right now. Awaiting contact from new owner and/or bank. Will initiate a new complaint under new name at that time.
  • 4051 None Operator: Invalid Operator BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: Request for baseline water well sampling before drilling rig moves in nearby Resolution: SUMMARY LETTER SENT TO LANDOWNER.
  • 4060 None Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Complainant alleges impact to domestic water well from nearby oil & gas operations. May have been a nearby flowline leak in the past 1-1.5 years. Claims there is oil in the water well. Resolution: Based on water sample results and inspections of surrounding oil & gas facilities, there is no data that would indicate the water quality in the Schwisow domestic water well has been impacted by nearby oil and gas operations. Reference letter to Evelyn Schwisow dated 3/25/10 COGCC Doc#2605871.
  • 4062 Aug. 17, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator SURFACE WATER Description: During a field trip to West Divide Creek on Lisa Bracken's property, vigourous bubbling was observed from the bed of West Divide Creek when the creekbed was walked upon. Resolution: Complaint closed per the October 19, 2010 letter and associated data to Ms. Lisa Bracken. A. Fischer February 9, 2015.
  • 4071 Oct. 8, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: Complainant lives next to a field where drilling fluids are being dumped. Estimates that it is a 50 to 80 acre wheat field where hundreds of loads of solids and fluids have been dumped for the last 2-years. The material has not been incorporated into native soil. Material is being trucked in dump trucks and tanker trucks. Noted company signs on some trucks operated by Ensign & Integrity. Believes the fluids are coming from the 70 Ranch. Field is located 0.25-miles east of CR 61 off south side of Hwy 34. Property owner may be Carlson. Resolution: NOAV issued to Bonanza Creek Energy Operating Company for improper land application of bentonitic drilling fluids. Material had been placed greater than 3-inches in areas and was not incorporated within 10-days of application. NOAV required incorporation of fluids into native soil within 10-days and submittal of waste generator information and documentation that fluids do not contain contaminants in excess of Table 910-1 levels.
  • 4076 None Operator: Invalid Operator ROADS Description: hard to get top Resolution:
  • 2950 Dec. 8, 2014 Operator: Invalid Operator NOISE Description: Voicemail from Bob Hooker (970)625-5362. Oil field gravel trucks on Garfield County Road 320 and Beaver Creek are creating excessive noise from jake brakes. Resolution: Left a voicemail with Mr. Hooker saying the complaint would be referred to Garfield County because it was highway noise and not O&G location noise. Spoke with Kirby Wynn and he said he would speak with WPX and also the sheriff and attempt to resolve.
  • 4074 Aug. 25, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Mr. Tamburello requested that his second well be sampled prior to Antero drilling begins nearby. Resolution: SUMMARY LETTER SENT TO LANDOWNER.
  • 4077 Aug. 23, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Wayne Pollard came into the Rifle COGCC office to request that his two domestic water wells be sampled prior to Antero drilling a well on adjacent property. Resolution: No oil & gas impacts found during domestic well sampling. Closed per A. Fischer by D. Andrews. Refer to Doc. # 01667679
  • 3336 May 7, 2013 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Water well owner would like to have well sampled. Resolution: Water sampling results show no evidence of any O&G impact. Letter with analytical lab results sent to well owner. Well located in Section 17 - 2N-64W.
  • 3348 May 20, 2013 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Mrs. Seeman would like her water well sampled. There is a sulfur odor and the neighbor to the south has a water well known to have thermogenic methane. Resolution: Based on the results of the sampling, there is no evidence of impact to the water well as a result of oil and gas activity at this time. Reference letter document #2614334.
  • 3473 Oct. 17, 2012 Operator: Invalid Operator ONSITE INSPECTION REQUEST Description: Surface owners believe they are ractional mineral owners; however no oil and gas surface lease has been entered into and the landowners assert that operator does not have right toenter ont and disturb the premises. Furthermore, landowners are requesting a description of the topsoil management practices to be employed and consultation is needed regarding the location of and access to the well pad Resolution: Conditions applied to Form 2A location assessment Doc#400330480 and passed for final approval
  • 4082 None Operator: Invalid Operator INACTIVE WELL Description: To my knowledge, this abandoned gas well has been there prior to 9-17-52 as indicated on the B.L.B map inclosed. Resolution:
  • 1667 March 22, 2017 Operator: Pdc Energy Inc LAND USE CONFLICT Description: PDC taken out some scrubbers and tanks at two adjacent wells and fed the scrubbers to the scrubber and tank on my property. Resolution: OLGA staff reviewed the complaint and determined there are not compliance issues with moving the equipment.
  • 4081 Oct. 1, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator GROUND WATER Description: Mr. Waller is concerned about possible impacts to shallow groundwater in his domestica well form upstream discharges and pit associated with CBM operations. Resolution: Summary letter mailed to Mr. Waller. No impacts from CBM operations including permitted discharge noted in analytical data.
  • 4087 Sept. 24, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator GROUND WATER Description: Mr. Burge has noted that groundwater pumped from his domestic well has become bubbly and cloudy in the last month or so. Water had previously been cloudy and milky before regular use this past summer. Mr. Burge is concerned that remediation efforts as part of the Petroglyph MIMMP activities may be having an impact on gorundwater quality in his water well. Resolution: No impacts from mitigation activities in nearby area noted in analytical data. Concentration of dissolved methane was lower than previous sampling. Nearly all well head montiorings in last two years have indicated methane at 0% by volume with one sporadic high of 19% in August 2010.
  • 4088 Sept. 27, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: See attached (scanned image) details of adverse easement surface violations. Resolution: The issues noted involve private agreements between two parties concerning property law. Unfortunately, the COGCC has no statutory authority in such matters. For reference the duties and powers of the Commission are outlined in the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act (Title 34, Article 60, as amended). COGCC Rule 215 applies to oil and gas operations and does not apply to land survey work conducted under property law.
  • 3453 Dec. 14, 2012 Operator: Invalid Operator NOISE Description: Mr. Pellegrini called on 12/13/2012 stated there was an intermitent high pitched noide in the area Resolution: No noises were observed during two hours of investigating area, even while nearby well was running.
  • 475 Jan. 8, 2018 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Location: Water well next to light fixture on the northeast side of the house. Issue: Well is 480 feet deep and had water up to 280 feet when drilled 20 years ago by AAA plumbing, by Gant. Well was great and water was good. Water now has salty,bitter, chemicals in it that burns the eyes and has of past month or two affected my wife's skin causing redness and irritation. Destroyed new silverware and leaves heavy white film on everything. Can't even wash cars causes more problems. Conco bottom,last year to year and half I contacted cooper who no longer works there and advised of bad water causing eyes to burn, salty, bitter, white film on on dishes and destroyed new silverware. They set up four corners to come out to test water and set the appt 3 weeks out. A week or two before the water was to be tested it was miracously perfect, no burning, funny tastes, dishwasher worked perfect. Resolution: Letter sent to landowner on 3/20/2018 detailing findings. Please refer to complaint #200445098 associated documents for analytical results and summary of investigation.
  • 4093 Sept. 13, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Thermogenic gas discovered in water well during baseline sampling. Resolution:
  • 3131 March 20, 2014 Operator: Invalid Operator NOISE Description: complainant complained of noise being generated at night from a seismi survey being done around his home Resolution:
  • 1301 Aug. 10, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: CRESTONE PEAKS PROPOSED CDP AREA. We are now three months into the nine month period during which the various oil and gas operators agreed to develop a comprehensive drilling plan for the Crestone Peak application lands. My concern is that decisions about oil and gas locations will be made 1) without effective participation in those decisions by either the county or members of the public and 2) without landowners and/or the county understanding their rights under both property law and the COGCC Rules. Do you have a SPECIFIC map showing where the proposed horizontal wells would be located pursuant to Crestone's proposal? I don't think it would be very hard for the COGCC to come up with the map I am suggesting and publish it or make it available so everybody can see it. THE PEOPLE WANT AND DESERVE ANSWERS TO THEIR QUESTIONS! NOW, NOT AFTER DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE!! Resolution: Complainant was provided a link to the COGCC website relating to the Crestone Peak Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) in Boulder County with the requested information.
  • 3165 Feb. 13, 2014 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Well owner requested that we collect samples from their water well for laboratory analysis. Resolution: GW sampling indicated no impacts from O&G activities. ACE for Chris Canfield 4/23/2014
  • 2618 Aug. 25, 2015 Operator: Invalid Operator SOIL CONTAMINATION Description: LaSalle disposal off CR 49 and CR 34 by Select Energy Services ,is allowing runoff from truck washing to get on dirt. The trench fills up and over flows and they just let is soak in. They put a new concrete slab down to "contain" it but they never fixed the problem. The ground around and under d the truck wash is contaminated Resolution: The site is under regulatory jurisdiction of both the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Weld County. Because the company is not an oil and gas operator, they are not under the regulatory jurisdiction of the COGCC. This complaint has been referred to CDPHE and Weld County./
  • 3330 June 6, 2013 Operator: Invalid Operator ODOR Description: Complaint Relayed by Garfield County.Just got a call from Karen Sedillo who lives just up dry hollow from Minneota estates. Reports strong odors over the week or so and said she is finally calling to complain because it is too much Resolution:
  • 3429 Jan. 9, 2013 Operator: Invalid Operator NOISE Description: Loud explosion which rattled windows.complainant believed it was caused from fracing. Resolution: I talked with Susan Cramer and discussed the complaint and tne resolution I had come to. she said she had come to many of the same conclusions in her follw-up. I told her I would close the complaint and she was in agreement with my conclusions.
  • 989 Sept. 20, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Our water also lights on fire when you put a match to it. Resolution: Laboratory results (received 10/24/2017) indicate that the subject well has not been impacted by nearby oil & gas activity. Furthermore, lab results confirm quality of water from the subject well and Biological Activity Reaction Tests document presence of active populations of sulfate-reducing and iron-related bacteria in water collected from the well. Discussion of these results was provided to the complainant via a Complaint Resolution Letter dispatched via hardcopy and email on 10/25/2017. An attempt was also made to call the complainant to discuss results on 10/25/2017. COGCC was unable to leave a voice message due to the complainant's voice mailbox being full.
  • 3766 Sept. 30, 2011 Operator: Invalid Operator RECLAMATION Description: COMPLAINANT CALLED ABOUT SEISMIC WORK THT HAD LEFT HOLES IN HIS FIELD. HE SAID THE OPERATOR WOULD NOT RESPOND. Resolution:
  • 3767 Sept. 26, 2011 Operator: Invalid Operator RECLAMATION Description: PDC LEFT LARGE ROCKS IN FIELD AFTER WELLS WERE DRILLED. HAVE CONTACTED THEM ABOUT THIS BUT HAVE HAD NO RESPONSE. Resolution: Reclamation Specialist contacted Aaron Clyncke with PDC Energy to discuss complaint. Mr. Clyncke stated that he would have a crew remove rocks and debris within 24 hrs. Reclamation Specialist inspected location with Marlene Ritcher on 09/28/2011 and determined that rocks and debris had been removed. Complaint has been resolved to complainant’s satisfaction.
  • 2309 May 6, 2016 Operator: Invalid Operator NOTIFICATION Description: Extraction Inc. in its application for a drilling location permit at the Triple Creek location did not properly complete the location application because they failed to identify that the location fell within an Urban Mitigation Area (UMA). Because of this proper public notice was not given to local residents. Initial information given to the local residents indicated that Extraction was going to use pipelines which would allow its production facilities to be located offsite. Later residents were informed that there would be 22 tanks, separators etc. in the middle of their neighborhood. A facility this large (A Large UMA Facility) is too large for this area. Not only is this a residential area there are at least 4 schools, a nursing home, shopping center, wild life habitat concerns and 2 emergency facilities in the immediate area. We don't feel that Extraction Inc. complied with the regulations in its application to the COGCC nor does a LARGE UMA FACILITY belong in the Triple Creek location Resolution: The COGCC engaged with Extraction and the local government regarding the Oil and Gas Location Assessment (OGLA) permit for the location. COGCC found there was an error made by the original permittee on the OGLA, but did not find that any violation of COGCC Rules occurred at this Location, and no enforcement action will be taken. In order to remedy the inconsistencies between the State permits and Local USR, the operator committed to submitting a Form 2A to amend the permitted location and bring it into compliance with the Large UMA Facility Rules adopted by the COGCC in January 2016. The Form 2A application will be subject to the notice provisions of Rules 305A and 305, the consultation provisions of Rules 305A and 306, the mitigation measures described by Rule 604, and public comment as described in Rule 305. COGCC Oil and Gas Location Assessment Specialists will review the application for compliance with all applicable COGCC Rules and review all proposed operating practices to ensure that the project can be developed in a manner consistent with our statutory obligation to “foster the responsible, balanced development, production, and utilization of the natural resources of oil and gas in the state of Colorado in a manner consistent with protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources.” (C.R.S. § 34-60-102) Following COGCC’s technical review of the application and the proposed Best Management Practice (BMPs), the Director may attach technically feasible and economically practicable conditions of approval to the Form 2A in response to legitimate public health, safety, or welfare concerns expressed during the comment period, as provided for in Rule 305.
  • 2314 May 2, 2016 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Ground Water/Water Quality rainbow on glass film on counter tops film on cars after wash and rinse well water has started going bad since well drilling has been done around well. Age of well: 1 year 11 months Resolution: Water sampling results show no evidence of any oil & gas issues. Letter with all analytical results sent to Mr. Mossman.
  • 3646 March 13, 2012 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: Truck leaving site was leaking produced water all over the soil. Resolution: JIM PRECUP CONDUCTED SITE INSPECTION ON SATURDAY MARCH 3,2 012. MEET WITH COMPLAINANTS AND REVIEWED SITE. ENCANA PROVIDED MANIFEST AND PHOTO OF SITE. ENCANA ENVIRONMENTAL STAFF OVERSAW CLEANUP.
  • 3874 April 6, 2011 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: EPA-Chuck Tinsly called saying a women complained to him about water trucks travelling from a location south of Grover into Greeley. She followed the trucks to a point where they connected to hoses near the 32 well pad on 29th Street SE Greeley. Resolution: Chuck Tinsley-EPA
  • 3878 March 31, 2011 Operator: Invalid Operator LIGHTING Description: Northern Colorado Astronomical Society is stating lights are not being sheilded. Resolution: Operator is willing to work with the NCAS, contact information was given to complaintant to express concerns, if they are still present.
  • 3879 March 31, 2011 Operator: Invalid Operator BASELINE WATER REQUEST Description: Landowner called to request baseline water sampling in advance of O&G development in the area. SE 18 6S 64W. Water well permit number 214337. Resolution:
  • 375 Feb. 26, 2018 Operator: Invalid Operator AIR QUALITY Description: On February 6, 2018 Earthworks staff used an optical gas imaging camera to record infrared video of emissions from the Extraction Oil & Gas Crestone Hub in Erie, Colorado (Weld County) at (40.029958, -105.004169). Using the FLIR camera, Earthworks staff observed tank vapors and emissions from enclosed flares at 12:30pm on February 6. Video of this site is included below. Earthworks’ thermographers are ITC certified and use a FLIR GF320 camera. FLIR Video: https://youtu.be/1POTvlcM_3I Resolution: COGCC does not have jurisdiction over this facility. Complaint transferred to the Air Pollution Control Division at CDPHE.
  • 3277 Aug. 9, 2013 Operator: Invalid Operator ROADS Description: Horse Canyon Rd. BMPs washed out from recent storms Resolution: Repair work scheduled for week of 8/12
  • 3864 May 3, 2011 Operator: Invalid Operator PIPELINE Description: Daryl Cox called to report a leaking pipeline, located 1/2 mile from CR 320 up Porcupine Creek Road, where the overhead transmission lines cross the road. He reported there were three steel pipelines lying on the surface and they were actively leaking. Resolution:
  • 4109 Aug. 17, 2010 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Recently started having problems with white powdery substance on washed dishes. Difficult to remove. Wants to know if it is caused by vicinity gas wells. Resolution: Water tested high in minerals (Ca and Mg) and very hard. Residue likely due to hard water. Recent heavy monsoonal moisture may have flushed minerals into the well. See document #1733451 for details. No impact from oil & gas evident.
  • 3634 March 29, 2012 Operator: Invalid Operator PIPELINE Description: DOUG GRANT IS CONCERNED THAT WATER GATHERING LINES ON HIS PROPERTY AND ALONG COLORADO RIVER HAVE NOT BEEN PRESSURE TESTED. Resolution:
  • 477 Jan. 4, 2018 Operator: Invalid Operator NOISE Description: The windows in our home are rattling again like they did a few years ago when a nearby separator/burner that was operating incorrectly was causing the vibrations. Resolution: Well Number#: Location #: 440176 Inspection Document #: 674200407 Complaint #200445029 Nature of complaint: Noise Field Inspector Actions: On 1-4-2018, I was contacted by complaint specialist Megan Adamczyk in reference to a noise complaint received for 1-4-2018 by the COGCC about possible oil and gas noise occurring in the Windsor area somewhere around the complaints residence. On 1-4-2018 I contacted the complaint who indicated he was experiencing a noise which he associated with reverberation coming from one of the wells in areas equipment. The complaint indicated the noise was very intermittent. On 1-4-2018 at approx. 1100 Hrs I performed inspections of the oil and gas operations in the area. At the time of the inspections I did not find any abnormal operation in the area which could be contributing to the noise experienced by the complaint. I contacted both Bayswater and PDC and advised them of the complaint and asked them to monitor their equipment. Due to the intermittent noise and not finding any noise source in the area no noise study was performed. All information reviewed and site inspection information were submitted to the COGCC for further review. No violations of COGCC rules were observed at the time of this inspection
  • 2957 Dec. 3, 2014 Operator: Invalid Operator ACCESS Description: Complaint Number: Complaint Filed By: Ellen Readio, 12695 Oxford Road, Longmont, CO 80504, Phone (303) 774-9295 Initial Complaint Contact with Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: phone conversation with Jane Stanczyk, referred to Craig Carlile for follow up field interview. Complaint Interview Date: December 2, 2014, Conducted by Craig Carlile, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Field Inspector, Phone (970) 629-8279 Date of Incident: Saturday, November 29, 2014 Incident Description: On November 29, 2014 the complainant observed a Dawson Geophysical seismic crew installing data sampling equipment (geophones) in a historically significant cemetery (Pleasant View Ridge Cemetery) across County Line Road to the East of her residence. The complainant approached the crew inquiring about their presence and appropriateness of their work activity being within the fenced boundary of the cemetery. Complainant reported that the crew responded that they were unaware that they were on cemetery property. A member of the work crew stated to the complainant that the work was being performed for Anadarko Petroleum and offered an Anadarko business card. Two members of the crew engaged in conversation with the complainant and neither was able to provide a business card. Complainant also reported that the crew was not able to provide a work permit. Complainant reported that the crew left the cemetery by tilting a fence post and stepping over the associated wire fence on the north side of the cemetery property. This action may have damaged/broken the fence post at its base. The geophones and wire were present on the location at the time of the complainant interview. Reference Information: Cemetery is located North of Oxford Road and East of County Line Road Closest well: API 05-123-20764 (Note: this well is relevant only due to its proximity to the incident.) Dawson Geophysical Inc., Denver Offices: 1675 Broadway Suite 2150, Denver, CO 80202, Phone: 800-332-9766 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Denver Offices Resolution: Complaint Number: Complaint Filed By: Ellen Readio, 12695 Oxford Road, Longmont, CO 80504, Phone (303) 774-9295 Initial Complaint Contact with Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: phone conversation with Jane Stanczyk, referred to Craig Carlile for follow up field interview. Complaint Interview Date: December 2, 2014, Conducted by Craig Carlile, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Field Inspector, Phone (970) 629-8279 Date of Incident: Saturday, November 29, 2014 Incident Description: On November 29, 2014 the complainant observed a Dawson Geophysical seismic crew installing data sampling equipment (geophones) in a historically significant cemetery (Pleasant View Ridge Cemetery) across County Line Road to the East of her residence. The complainant approached the crew inquiring about their presence and appropriateness of their work activity being within the fenced boundary of the cemetery. Complainant reported that the crew responded that they were unaware that they were on cemetery property. A member of the work crew stated to the complainant that the work was being performed for Anadarko Petroleum and offered an Anadarko business card. Two members of the crew engaged in conversation with the complainant and neither was able to provide a business card. Complainant also reported that the crew was not able to provide a work permit. Complainant reported that the crew left the cemetery by tilting a fence post and stepping over the associated wire fence on the north side of the cemetery property. This action may have damaged/broken the fence post at its base. The geophones and wire were present on the location at the time of the complainant interview. Reference Information: Cemetery is located North of Oxford Road and East of County Line Road Closest well: API 05-123-20764 (Note: this well is relevant only due to its proximity to the incident.) Dawson Geophysical Inc., Denver Offices: 1675 Broadway Suite 2150, Denver, CO 80202, Phone: 800-332-9766 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Denver Offices: 1099 1
  • 1801 April 26, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator ODOR Description: Location of concern: Crossroads and CR 13 Issue: Went walking this morning and could smell gases. Came home from Denver and went on my deck and could still smell gases. No just smells in the area!!!!! Tiered of constantly smelling gases!!!! Do you really need to put these in neighborhoods????? Really! Resolution:
  • 1802 April 26, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator ODOR Description: Location of concern: Windsor, CO - intersection of CR 13 and Crossroads Blvd Operator: Extraction and I have not contacted them. Issue: Very strong rotten egg smell (not the same smell as marker for natural gas) - wind is coming from the east. My belief is that it is coming from Pavistma Farms well pad. Odor is originating one half mile west of the residence. Odor is described as sulfur like. Odor began 4/25/17. Resolution:
  • 359 Dec. 1, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: WELL PERMIT NUMBER 294671--A Water Division: 2 Resolution: Water District 79 Designated Basin N/A Management District N/A County: Huerfano Parcel Name: Colorado Buffalo Ranch Lot 100
  • 3718 Jan. 5, 2012 Operator: Invalid Operator SPILLS Description: Complaint relayed by CDPHE Case#2012-0012; complainant reported CDPHE that he regularly witnesses "Fracking trucks" dumping "remains" in a ditch along the frontage road, on the South side of I-70 midway between Silt and Rifle. He stated that this has gone on for months, it occurs 24 hours a day and most occurs within the same 50 yard stretch. He is concerned that waste will drain to waterway. Resolution: I, Soraya Baroumand, and Bill West, District 45 Water Commissioner, met with Alina Vazquez of the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, at the locations previously reported as areas of alleged illegal dumping along an irrigation ditch; namely, a large dirt parking area adjacent south of the I-70/Garfield County Airport eastbound exit ramp, and at turnout areas on the frontage road, west of Mamm Creek Road alongside the”Last Chance Ditch”. During our field visit of March 6, 2012, diversion of irrigation water via pumping and hauling was observed, (as I previously observed and January and February 2012). Screens and hoses appeared clean and no leaks from the bobtail trucks and associated equipment were observed. Furthermore, bobtail units observed were designated for freshwater hauling only. Also, no surficial staining or discharge at the ditch access turnouts was observed. The surface water diversion is known as the Alternate Points of Diversion for the Last Chance Ditch per court decree 05CW52 of the District Court in Water Division 5. The Last Chance Ditch is administered by the district 45 Water Commissioner year round. Further information regarding these points of diversions, pumping sites, or other water right matters can be obtained by contacting Bill West, District 45 Water Commissioner at 970 930-5365 or via email: william.west@state.co.us If there questions, comments or concerns regarding this complaint or other like matter, please contact me at 970-876-9910 or 970-620-3277 or soraya.baroumand@state.co.us Thank you.
  • 384 Nov. 15, 2017 Operator: Invalid Operator GROUND WATER Description: Location of concern: Section 9 Resolution: Township 4 North
  • 3387 Feb. 8, 2013 Operator: Invalid Operator ODOR Description: 2 WOMEN CALLED ABOUT AN ODOR NEAR GREEN VALLEY RANCH. "SMEELING GAS INT HE AIR" Resolution: NO ACTIVE OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS IN AREA. NEAREST PRODUCING WELL @13,900 FEET TO THE EAST.
  • 1 Oct. 4, 2018 Operator: Extraction Oil & Gas Inc NOISE Description: The biggest issue is the noise from the operation when the compressors are running and the excessive noise when they are releasing pressure. There are NO measures used to stop any of the noise. Resolution:
  • 5 Oct. 4, 2018 Operator: Extraction Oil & Gas Inc AIR QUALITY Description: can see visible fumes coming from the site!! Wind is from the east. Is there any air quality data directly connected to this frack sites?? Resolution:
  • 2630 Aug. 3, 2015 Operator: Invalid Operator OTHER Description: The state has been paying internet and telephone charges for ex-employee Randy Edelen since Randy Edelen left government employment over three years ago! Check your records. Edelen regularly brags in bars and at other social gatherings about how ineptly and stupidly the state operates. We don't want to pay a blatant criminal like this with our tax dollars. And now you are interviewing Edelen for a Supervisory position? You're not good stewards of our tax dollars. Edelen is unethical, and shouldn't even be a registered engineer in this state. We all pay taxes. The COGCC is apparently not using that money to benefit the community. This situation intrigues us as to inquire to what other misappropriation of funds is occurring at the COGCC with our money. We will investigate further, rest assured. Our industry group will be in contact shortly. Resolution: Margaret had contacted DNR Accounting office to have them verify the validity of the complaint statements.
  • 3163 Feb. 13, 2014 Operator: Invalid Operator WATER WELL Description: Well owner requested that we collect samples from their well for laboratory analysis. Resolution: Anadarko entered into an agreement to provide a permanent water supply to the Stolz residence.
  • 2419 Sept. 3, 2015 Operator: Invalid Operator ODOR Description: I think it's off of CR-13 between Crossroads and CO-392 on the east side of CR 13 Resolution: but there are several wells in this vicinity so unsure.strong chemical/petroleum/solvent-type odors over the last couple of weeks
  • 478 Jan. 5, 2018 Operator: Invalid Operator AIR QUALITY Description: We have also detected the smell of gas several times in the past few days which is very concerning for our health. DCP states that there are no "significant" leaks. Resolution: COGCC does not have jurisdiction over the midstream facility described in the complaint. The complaint was transmitted to the PUC and Weld County LGD. Contact information for both was provided to the complainant.

Spills

4 spill(s) has/have occurred in Huerfano County, Colorado:

  • 400667392 Operator: Oxy Usa IncA truck with a load of drill cuttings contained in a bin lined with plastic was unloading the material onto another truck near the Oxy Sheep Mountain field office. The bin was lifted from the truck by the use of a hydraulic lift. While raising the bin, the cuttings fell over the back of the bin and onto the ground. The cuttings were cleaned up and placed back into the bin which was hauled offsite for disposal at a commercial approved offsite disposal facility. Confirmation samples of cleanup wil
  • 400689263 Operator: Oxy Usa IncA truck with a load of drill cuttings contained in a bin lined with plastic was unloading the material onto another truck near the Oxy Sheep Mountain field office. The bin was lifted from the truck by the use of a hydraulic lift. While raising the bin, the cuttings fell over the back of the bin and onto the ground. The cuttings were cleaned up and placed back into the bin which was hauled offsite for disposal at a commercial approved offsite disposal facility. Confirmation samples of cleanup wil
  • 1120338 Operator: Evergreen Operating Corporation
  • 400723373 Operator: Oxy Usa IncOn 11/4/14 at approximately 4:10 AM mountain time there was a spill of oil based drilling fluid at the 4-23-L location. A valve on a hopper was accidently left open, resulting in 10 bbls of drilling fluid spilled within the plastic containment barrier on location. No drilling fluid came in contact with the ground. As soon as the spill was noticed, the valve was closed and the spill was stopped. The drilling fluid was recovered from the plastic containment with the on-site vacuum system. A vacuum truck will be employeed to recover any

DBHLs

COGCC has approved 71 DBHL(s) operated in Huerfano County, Colorado:

NOAVs

COGCC has issued 18 NOAVs in Huerfano County, Colorado:
  • Document No.: 200429162 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: (no rule recorded), Rule Description: (no rule description recorded), Alleged Violation Description: (no alleged violation recorded) Enforcement Action: (no enforcement action recorded), Corrective Action Description: (no corrective action description recorded), Final Resolution Comment: (no final resolution comment recorded)
  • Document No.: 401201222 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004.a, Rule Description: Final Reclamation - Well Sites Reclamation, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.a., Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to revegetate impacted areas at well locations in preparation for completing Final Reclamation. During an inspection of the State 7W well, API 055-06219, (Well) September 1, 2016 (Document #673503721), COGCC staff observed vegetation has not been established. Document #673503721 required Operator to reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation establishment by November 30, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503909) COGCC staff observed that the required Corrective Actions were not completed, violating Rule 1004.a. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation establishment., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201229 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004.a, Rule Description: Final Reclamation - Well Sites Reclamation, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.a., Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to revegetate impacted areas at well locations in preparation for completing Final Reclamation. During an inspection of the State 2W well, API 055-06214, (Well) September 1, 2016 (Document #673503719), COGCC staff observed vegetation has not been established. Document #673503719 required Operator to reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation establishment by November 30, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503915) COGCC staff observed that the required Corrective Actions were not completed, violating Rule 1004.a. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation establishment., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201229 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1002.f, Rule Description: Stormwater Management, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1002.f.(2), Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to implement and maintain Best Management Practices (BMPs) at the State 2W well, API 055-06214, (Well) to control stormwater runoff in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation until Final Reclamation has been achieved. During an inspection of the Well location on September 1, 2016 (Document #673503719), COGCC staff observed minor signs of erosion occurring off the west side of the location. Document #673503719 required corrective action to stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation by November 30, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503915) COGCC staff observed that the required Corrective Actions were not completed, violating Rule 1002.f.(2). Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall immediately install or repair required BMPs in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation to return the Well location to compliance., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201207 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004, Rule Description: Final Reclamation of Well Sites and Associated Production Facilities, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.e., Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to keep areas being reclaimed as free of all undesirable plant species designated to be noxious weeds as practicable. It is the responsibility of the operator to monitor affected and reclaimed lands for noxious weed infestations. COGCC may require a weed control plan. During an inspection of the Passow 22-08 well, API 055-06202, (Well) February 9, 2016 (Document #673503141), COGCC staff observed List B noxious weeds present in disturbed areas at the location. Document #673503141 required Operator to submit a detailed weed control plan, attached to a Form 4, Sundry Notice, with a schedule of the planned work activities. The deadline for submission of the weed control plan was March 21, 2016 and required that weed control commence no later than spring of 2016. During inspections of the Well location on July 11, 2016 (Document #673503493); September 1, 2016 (Document #673503713); and December 1, 2016 (Document #673503921); COGCC staff observed that the required work to keep disturbed areas free of noxious weeds was not completed, and a weed control plan was never submitted. Document #673503493, Document #673503713, and Document #673503921 required removal and control of noxious weed growth. The operator was requested to submit a Form 4, Sundry Notice, including photographs and documentation to demonstrate completion of the required corrective actions, but no Form 4, Sundry Notice, documenting any work has been submitted to date. To date, Operator has not submitted a weed control plan or completed weed control at the Well location, violating Rule 1004.e. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall submit a weed control plan and complete weed control at the Well location., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201207 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004.a, Rule Description: Final Reclamation - Well Sites Reclamation, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.a., upon plugging and abandonment of a well, Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to close, grade, recontour, remove culverts, and reclaim all access roads to plugged and abandoned wells and associated production facilities. This work must be completed within twelve (12) months after plugging on non-crop lands. The Passow 22-08 well, API 055-06202, (Well) was plugged and abandoned on September 29, 2011 (Document #2507693) and the access road to this Well and associated production facilities should have been closed, regraded and recontoured, culverts removed, and reclaimed by September 29, 2012. During an inspection of the Well location on February 9, 2016 (Document #673503141), COGCC staff observed the access road to the Well is not reclaimed. Gravel/culverts remain and there is still an electrical box/panel along the access road and at the location. The location is not recontoured. Document #673503141 required Operator to submit a detailed reclamation plan, attached to a Form 4, Sundry Notice, with a schedule of the planned work activities. The deadline for submission of the reclamation plan was March 21, 2016. It was required that reclamation commence no later than spring of 2016. During inspections of the Well location on July 11, 2016 (Document #673503493); September 1, 2016 (Document #673503713); and December 1, 2016 (Document #673503921); COGCC staff observed that the required work to reclaim the access road was not commenced and the required reclamation plan was never submitted. Document #673503493, Document #673503713, and Document #673503921 required the removal of gravel, culverts, equipment, utilities, and to reclaim the access road and location as required. The operator was requested to submit a Form 4, Sundry Notice, including photographs and documentation to demonstrate completion of the required corrective actions, but no Form 4, Sundry Notice, documenting any work has been submitted to date. To date, Operator has not reclaimed the access road or the location, violating Rule 1004. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall close, grade, recontour, remove culverts, remove equipment, remove utilities, and reclaim the access road and location., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201222 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1002.f, Rule Description: Stormwater Management, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1002.f.(2), Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to implement and maintain Best Management Practices (BMPs) at the State 7W well, API 055-06219, (Well) to control stormwater runoff in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation until Final Reclamation has been achieved. During an inspection of the Well location on September 1, 2016 (Document #673503721), COGCC staff observed erosion occurring off the northwest side of the location. Document #673503721 required corrective action to install stormwater BMPs to return the location to compliance by October 14, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503909), COGCC staff observed that the signs of erosion at the northwest side of the location and BMPs were not installed. Operator failed to install required BMPs to return the Well location to compliance, violating Rule 1002.f.(2). Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall immediately install or repair required BMPs in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation to return the Well location to compliance., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201222 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004, Rule Description: Final Reclamation of Well Sites and Associated Production Facilities, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.e., Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to keep areas being reclaimed as free of all undesirable plant species designated to be noxious weeds as practicable. It is the responsibility of the operator to monitor affected and reclaimed lands for noxious weed infestations. COGCC may require a weed control plan. During an inspection of the State 7W well, API 055-06219, (Well) September 1, 2016 (Document #673503721), COGCC staff observed noxious weeds present at the location. Document #673503721 required Operator to remove and control noxious weed growth by October 14, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503909) COGCC staff observed that the required work to remove and control noxious weeds was not completed, violating Rule 1004.e. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall submit a weed control plan and completed weed control at the Well location., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201230 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1002.f, Rule Description: Stormwater Management, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1002.f.(2), Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to implement and maintain Best Management Practices (BMPs) at the State 9W well, API 055-06221, (Well) to control stormwater runoff in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation until Final Reclamation has been achieved. During an inspection of the Well location on September 1, 2016 (Document #673503723), COGCC staff observed erosion occurring along the access road and at the southeast and south side of the location. Document #673503723 required corrective action to install or repair stormwater BMPs by October 14, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503911), COGCC staff observed that the signs of erosion were still present and BMPs were not installed or repaired. Operator failed to install or repair BMPs to bring the Well location to compliance, violating Rule 1002.f.(2). Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall immediately install or repair required BMPs in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation to return the Well location to compliance., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201230 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004, Rule Description: Final Reclamation of Well Sites and Associated Production Facilities, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.e., Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to keep areas being reclaimed as free of all undesirable plant species designated to be noxious weeds as practicable. It is the responsibility of the operator to monitor affected and reclaimed lands for noxious weed infestations. COGCC may require a weed control plan. During an inspection of the State 9W well, API 055-06221, (Well) September 1, 2016 (Document #673503723), COGCC staff observed noxious weeds present along the access road at the location. Document #673503723 required Operator to remove and control noxious weed growth by November 30, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503911) COGCC staff observed that the required work to remove and control noxious weeds was not completed, violating Rule 1004.e. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall remove and control noxious weed growth., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201230 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004.a, Rule Description: Final Reclamation - Well Sites Reclamation, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.a., Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to remove all debris and revegetate impacted areas at well locations in preparation for completing Final Reclamation. During an inspection of the State 9W well, API 055-06221, (Well) September 1, 2016 (Document #673503723), COGCC staff observed vegetation has not been established and there were piles of straw debris at the west side of the location and plastic debris along the southeast side. Document #673503723 required Operator to remove plastic debris and piles of straw debris and reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation establishment by November 30, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016 (Document #673503911) COGCC staff observed that the required Corrective Actions were not completed, violating Rule 1004.a. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall remove plastic debris and piles of straw debris and reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation establishment., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamation efforts ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401201232 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1004.a, Rule Description: Final Reclamation - Well Sites Reclamation, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1004.a., Petroglyph Operating Co Inc ADBA Petroglyph Energy (Operator) is required to remove all debris and revegetate impacted areas at well locations in preparation for completing Final Reclamation. During an inspection of the State 10WB well, API 055-06261, (Well) September 1, 2016 (Document #673503726), COGCC staff observed areas of the location that have little to no vegetation establishment, trash debris at the northwest side of the location, and plastic debris along the northeast side of the location. Document #673503726 required Operator to reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation and remove debris by November 30, 2016. During an inspection of the Well location on December 1, 2016, (Document #673503913) COGCC staff observed that the required Corrective Actions were not completed, violating Rule 1004.a. Enforcement Action: AOC, Corrective Action Description: Operator shall reseed and stabilize areas of the Well location to facilitate vegetation and remove debris., Final Resolution Comment: Resolved by Order 1V-638. Reclamtion efforts are ongoing.
  • Document No.: 401435153 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1002.f, Rule Description: Stormwater Management, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1002.f., Alta Mesa Services LP (“Operator”) shall implement and maintain Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) at all oil and gas locations to control stormwater runoff in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation. BMPs shall be maintained until the facility is abandoned and final reclamation is achieved pursuant to Rule 1004. Operators shall employ BMPs, as necessary to comply with this rule, at all oil and gas locations, including, but not limited to, well pads, soil stockpiles, access roads, tank batteries, compressor stations, and pipeline rights of way. BMPs shall be selected based on site-specific conditions, such as slope, vegetation cover, and proximity to water bodies, and may include maintaining in-place some or all of the BMPs installed during the construction phase of the facility. Best Management Practices indicate that Operator shall implement such protection upon commencement of construction. Following complaints made on June 2 and June 5, 2017 (Document Nos. 200442833 and 200442914), COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location (“Location”) on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379), and observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance including access road (“Disturbed Area”) and that there were no stormwater control BMPs in place at the Disturbed Area. Soil stockpiles were not stabilized, vehicle tracking control practices were not implemented at the access road, and there were no stormwater controls along the perimeter of the Disturbed Area. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to install required BMPs per Rule 1002.f by June 10, 2017. COGCC Staff re-inspected the Location on June 12, 2017 (Document No. 673504439) and observed that no stormwater controls had been installed, beyond the corrective action deadline of June 10, 2017. Further observations were; “The segregated soil stockpiles at the recently constructed area were in the process of being replaced and contoured. The disturbed soils are susceptible to wind and stormwater erosion. The soils will need to be stabilized with a certified weed free mulch or equivalent method until vegetation has re-established.” An additional Stormwater corrective action instructed the Operator to install required BMP’s per Rule 1002.f. by June 27, 2017. COGCC staff re-inspected the Location on July 18, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that no stormwater controls had been installed, beyond the corrective action deadline of June 10, 2017 and beyond the additional corrective action deadline of June 27, 2017. Operator failed to implement and maintain best management practices to control stormwater runoff in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation, in violation of Rule 1002.f. Enforcement Action: (no enforcement action recorded), Corrective Action Description: Corrective Action #1 --> Operator shall comply with Rule 1002.f. and implement and maintain stormwater controls, as well as implement site-specific best management practices to control stormwater erosion across the entire location. --> Deadline: 6/10/2017 Corrective Action #2 --> Operator shall comply with Rule 1002.f. and implement and maintain Best Management Practices to control stormwater runoff in a manner that minimizes erosion, transport of sediment offsite, and site degradation. --> Deadline: 6/27/2017, Final Resolution Comment: (no final resolution comment recorded)
  • Document No.: 401435153 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 1003, Rule Description: Interim Reclamation, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 1003., Alta Mesa Services LP (“Operator”) shall reclaim, within six months on non-crop land, as early and as nearly as practicable to their original condition or final land use all disturbed areas affected by drilling or subsequent operations, except areas reasonably needed for production operations or for subsequent drilling operations to be commenced within twelve (12) months; shall restore and revegetate as soon as practicable. Following a complaint made on June 2, 2017 (Document No. 200442833), COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location (“Location”) on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that the unused areas of the Location had not been reclaimed. The approved Form 2A for this Location (Document No. 400256794, “Form 2A”) categorizes both current and future land use as Non-Crop Land: Rangeland, and specifies the size of the Location after Interim Reclamation must be 1.2 acres. The total area of the location as of June 5, 2017, was 4.42 acres excluding recent additional disturbance. During an inspection of the Location on April 3, 2014 (Document No. 668002019) COGCC Staff observed that the pump was inactive, and followed up with a review of production records to determine that the well was shut in as of December 2013/January 2014, after a date of first production of September 25, 2013. This means interim reclamation was due to commence as early as practicable but no later than March 25, 2014 (six months after September 25, 2013). Document No. 673504379 comments that the Location has been out of compliance for Interim Reclamation since 2014, and instructs Operator to perform interim reclamation and reduce the size of the location as specified in Form 2A by June 12, 2014. COGCC Staff re-inspected the Location on June 12 and July 18, 2017 (Document Nos. 673504439 and 689900032) and observed that interim reclamation of the unused areas had not commenced as of July 18, 2017. Operator submitted a Sundry Notice Form 4 (Document No. 401331736, “Form 4”) submitted on 7/05/2017 to request to delay interim reclamation until September 30, 2018. On July 5, 2017, COGCC Staff sent an email directing Operator to the Notice to Operators: Interim Reclamation Procedures for Delayed Operations (“NTO”) on the COGCC website and included a spreadsheet to assist in estimating some of the information required by the NTO. Operator did not supply required information, and on July 10, 2017, COGCC Staff denied the Form 4 request due to insufficient documentation. In the absence of an approved Form 4 request to delay interim reclamation operations, Operator failed to commence interim reclamation within six months after drilling or production operations, in violation of Rule 1003. Enforcement Action: (no enforcement action recorded), Corrective Action Description: Operator shall comply with Rule 1003. and perform interim reclamation to reduce the size of the Location as specified in Form 2A., Final Resolution Comment: (no final resolution comment recorded)
  • Document No.: 401435153 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 303, Rule Description: Requirements for Form 2, Application for Permit-to-Drill, Deepen, Re-enter, or Recomplete and Operate; Form 2A, Oil and Gas Location Assessment, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 303.b.(1)B., Alta Mesa Services LP (“Operator”) is required to secure an approved Form 2A, Oil and Gas Location Assessment, prior to commencing a surface disturbance for purposes of modifying or expanding an existing oil and gas location. The original Form 2A for the Freeman 3-24 location (Document No. 400256794, Location ID No. 429619) was approved July 17, 2012. Following complaints made on June 2 and June 5, 2017 (Document Nos. 200442833 and 200442914), COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location (“Location”) on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that Operator had recently commenced a new surface disturbance. The total area of the new disturbance, including a new access road that enters the west side of the Location and additional pad disturbance contiguous to the Location, is 1.41 acres. Operator failed to submit and receive approval of a Form 2A Oil and Gas Location Assessment to Amend Existing Location prior to commencing the surface disturbance, in violation of Rule 303.b.(1)B. Enforcement Action: (no enforcement action recorded), Corrective Action Description: Submit and receive Commission approval for a completed Form 2A, Oil and Gas Location Assessment, prior to commencing the surface disturbance., Final Resolution Comment: (no final resolution comment recorded)
  • Document No.: 401435153 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 316C, Rule Description: Notice of Intent to Conduct Hydraulic Fracturing Treatment, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 316C., Alta Mesa Services LP (“Operator”) is required to submit a Form 42, Field Operations Notice, in accordance with the Condition of Approval on Form 2A, Oil and Gas Location Assessment (Document No. 400256794), and as designated in Rule 316C.c. The Condition of Approval in Document No. 400256794 and Rule 316C.c. each require Operator to give at least 48 hours advance written notice of intent to commence construction or major change at any well, oil and gas location, or oil and gas facility. Such notice shall be provided on a field Operations Notice, Form 42 - Notice of Construction or Major Change. Following complaints made on June 2 and June 5, 2017 (Document Nos. 200442833 and 200442914), COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location (“Location”) on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed that Operator had recently commenced a surface disturbance constituting construction or major change. The total area of the recent disturbance, including a new access road that enters the west side of the Location and additional pad disturbance contiguous to the Location, is 1.41 acres. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to submit, by June 10, 2017, a Form 42 notice with the date on which construction of the disturbance commenced. On June 8, 2017, Operator submitted the Form 42 construction notice (Document # 401303826) indicating a construction or major change start date of June 1, 2017. Based on this reported start date, the Operator failed to submit a Form 42 Notice of Construction or Major Change at least 48 hours in advance of commencing construction, in violation of Rule 316C.c. and in violation of the Condition of Approval in Form 2A. Enforcement Action: (no enforcement action recorded), Corrective Action Description: Operator shall submit a Form 42 notice with the date on which construction of the disturbance commenced., Final Resolution Comment: (no final resolution comment recorded)
  • Document No.: 401435153 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 603.f, Rule Description: Statewide Equipment, Weeds, Waste, and Trash Requirements, Alleged Violation Description: Pursuant to Rule 603.f., Alta Mesa Services LP (“Operator”) is required to keep Freeman 3-24 location (“Location”) free of the following: equipment, vehicles, and supplies not necessary for use on that lease; weeds; rubbish, and other waste material. Following complaints made on June 2 and June 5, 2017 (Document Nos. 200442833 and 200442914), COGCC Staff inspected the Freeman 3-24 location (“Location”) on June 5, 2017 (Document No. 673504379) and observed degraded hay bales, debris remains from wattles, and List B noxious weeds (Scotch thistle) around the perimeter of the Location. Document No. 673504379 instructed Operator to comply with Rule 603.f. by removing the degraded hay bales, debris remains from wattles, and weeds by June 22, 2017. COGCC Staff re-inspected the Location on June 8, June 12, and July 18, 2017 (Document Nos. 682600318, 673504439, and 689900032) and observed that the debris remains from the wattles and some but not all of the noxious weeds had been removed by June 12, but that noxious weeds and the degraded hay bales remained as of July 18, 2017, beyond the corrective action deadline of June 22, 2017. Operator failed to keep the Location free of weeds, unused supplies, and other waste material, in violation of Rule 603.f. Enforcement Action: (no enforcement action recorded), Corrective Action Description: Operator shall remove the degraded hay bales and remaining noxious weeds as required by Rule 603.f., Final Resolution Comment: (no final resolution comment recorded)
  • Document No.: 401781685 Initial Discovery Date: None, Date of Violation: None, Rule: 319.b, Rule Description: Temporary Abandonment, Alleged Violation Description: COGCC Rule 100 defines a well as temporarily abandoned (“TA”) if the well becomes incapable of production (for example, through the removal of necessary production equipment or a well that has all downhole completed intervals isolated with a plug set above the highest perforation). Pursuant to Rule 319.b., a well may be temporarily abandoned after passing a successful mechanical integrity test upon approval of the Director, for a period not to exceed six months. A well which is incapable of production shall be abandoned within six months thereafter unless the time is extended by the Director upon application by the Operator (Rule 319.b.(3)). To maintain TA status in excess of six months, TABULA RASA ENERGY LLC ("Operator") is required to annually submit a Sundry Notice ("Form 4-TA") (Rule 319.b.(1)). COGCC Staff had reason to believe Operator had committed one or more violations of COGCC Rules, and issued Warning Letter No. 401237551 to Operator on March 20, 2017, requiring Operator to conduct MIT or plug and abandon delinquent wells and submit delinquent Form 4-TAs by April 21, 2017. On September 25, 2018, COGCC Staff conducted an audit (“Audit”) of Operator's records for the well(s) in the attached table. The Audit included reviewing records such as Operator's Form 7 Monthly Reports of Operations and Field Inspection Reports filed by COGCC Staff after inspecting the Well to determine the dates the Well was TA, and the COGCC database to determine whether Operator had submitted required reports and notices for the Well. Through this Audit, COGCC Staff determined that the HARRY WILLIS #3 (API No. 055-06144, "Well") was TA at least since 2001, that Operator had begun operating the Well in 2013, and that Operator had not submitted any Form 4-TA for the Well as of September 25, 2018. Operator failed to timely submit Form 4-TA for a TA Well, violating Rule 319.b. Enforcement Action: (no enforcement action recorded), Corrective Action Description: In its Rule 522.d.(2) Answer, due within 28 days of the Operator’s receipt of the NOAV, Operator shall provide the following to COGCC:   - Operator shall perform an audit of its Mechanical Integrity Testing and MIT reporting for all its wells in Colorado. Operator shall submit a detailed report to COGCC which shows the following information for each of its wells which has been in SI or TA status for at least one month starting 24 months prior to September 13, 2018 . Operator shall email a copy of this report as an unlocked (editable) spreadsheet to the COGCC Enforcement email address indicated in the Answer section below.     (1.) API and Well name     (2.) SI or TA status by month, for each month the Well was SI or TA     (3.) Date of last MIT (“n/a” if no MIT performed for that Well)     (4.) Due date of next required MIT, according to Rules 319 and 326. If the Well is delinquent on required MIT as of NOAV issuance, indicate the due date of the most recent missed MIT.     (5.) Date Operator has scheduled to resolve the delinquency (such as by MIT or plug and abandon), if applicable. (“n/a” if the Well is not delinquent; “none” if Well is delinquent, but Operator has not yet scheduled operations to resolve the delinquency)     (6.) (If TA) Whether Operator is current on the Form 4 TA Sundry submittal required by Rule 319.b.(1) & (3).  - A proposed compliance plan to resolve all delinquencies identified in Operator’s audit. The proposed compliance plan will be subject to modification by the COGCC Engineering unit. By the Corrective Action Due Date, Operator shall submit all delinquent Form 4 TA Sundry requests. , Final Resolution Comment: (no final resolution comment recorded)