County to call on witness again | PostIndependent.com

County to call on witness again

Carrie Click

Garfield County likely will retain the same geologist who testified as an expert witness at EnCana’s gas seep violation to consult on a prospective hydrogeologic study.Geoffrey Thyne is a research associate professor of geology and geologic engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden. Commissioners on Monday told Garfield oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison to draw up a scope of work contract for Thyne. If Thyne’s contract, which is not to exceed $10,000, is approved, the professor will act as an expert consultant on a proposal the county is assembling for a meeting with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Oct. 25. The proposal recommends that the $371,000 EnCana was fined for a gas seep violation be used in all or part for a hydrogeologic study.”We told Doug to go ahead and put it all on paper, everything needed to get the project done, and to define a full scope of work (for Thyne),” said Commissioner John Martin. Thyne’s area of expertise is the study of water-rock interactions in a variety of geologic settings, including groundwater chemistry in arid and semiarid regions, petroleum geology, and geochemistry of tight gas sands.Garfield County commissioners are expected to receive a scope of work for the hydrogeologic study from Dennison at their Oct. 4 regular meeting, when they’ll vote whether to contract Thyne. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com


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