Permitting delays frustrate Rockies gas producers

10/04/2004
The US Rocky Mountain region has great potential for natural gas reserves, but Houston-based Dominion Exploration & Production Inc. is growing frustrated with permitting delays and escalating costs of doing business.Timothy S. Parker, senior vice-president and general manager of Dominion's offshore region, said rig and lease permit costs are rising in the Rockies. In addition, it is taking 150 days or longer to receive a permit for drilling from the US Bureau of Land Management office in Utah, he said."What we are looking at is a failure of the agencies to provide enough staff to deal with increasingly technically challenging permits and vastly increasing numbers of permits. They don&...
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