Infill drilling land use issues heat in SW Colorado

Applications for infill drilling for coalbed methane in Ignacio-Blanco gas field and a proposed national monument are raising land use issues in southwestern Colorado.BP Amoco and numerous other operators proposed to drill more than 600 new wells in La Plata and Archuleta counties during the next 5 or more years. The operators want the state to reduce spacing to 160 acres from 320 acres with regard to development of Cretaceous Second Fruitland coal in the large San Juan basin field.The companies also seek authority to dually complete wells in the Cretaceous Mesaverde, Dakota, and Pictured Cliffs formations and commingle the gas with the shallower coalbed methane. The Colorado Oil & Gas Co...

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