Friday, February 11, 2011

No IMMEDIATE Plan To Intensify Silt Mesa Drilling

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Antero Resources currently has no plans to conduct intensified drilling in the Silt Mesa area for the next year or two, a company official said at a public meeting held Wednesday.

But in response to questions from the audience, Antero vice president Kevin Kilstrom said that, after a year or two, the company may renew its applications for 10-acre downhole spacing permits from the state.

In the meantime, he said, Antero is planning to drill 40 new wells around the county this year.

Silt Mesa, however, is likely to see only one new well drilled in 2011 — a fifth test well on what is known as the Jewell Pad at the northern edge of the neighborhood.

The company already has drilled four wells in the Silt Mesa area, which has prompted some residents to join together in opposition to the intensified drilling plan.

Approximately 200 people jammed into the central common space at Coal Ridge High School on Wednesday evening to hear from Antero Resources about its gas drilling plans for the area.

The high school, located between New Castle and Silt, sits atop a potential natural gas deposit itself, which now is leased to Antero by the Garfield Re-2 School District.

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