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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Next Wednesday evening, April 28, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Thursday, April 29, traffic on I-70 between Exit 114 and Exit 116 will be detoured along Highway 6 in Glenwood Springs, so crews can pour a concrete deck on the new Devereux Road Pedestrian Bridge. For more information, call (970) 379-7134. Gould Construction, CDOT, and the city of Glenwood Springs thanks the traveling public for their patience while this ARRA-funded project that provides a vital pedestrian link to Two Rivers Park is completed.

Garfield County’s oil and gas specialist said this week that the area’s gas drilling activities are rising, but ever so slowly, and that things are likely to stay relatively quiet for a couple of years.

“What we’re seeing is a little bit of a reprise in the number of rigs that are drilling,” said Judy Jordan, county oil and gas liaison, to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday.

She said there currently are 21 rigs operating in Garfield County, compared to 52 around the state.

Jordan maintained that while drilling permit applications continue unabated, most of the actual drilling is being done on old leases.

“We’ll probably hold steady at the current level … for a couple of years,” she predicted to the commissioners, and forecasting that state severance-tax revenues are likely to drop off by as much as 80 percent next year.

The Williams gas drilling company reported a spill from one of its well pads on April 13 near Parachute. As many as 160 barrels of fluid was spilled, but the company says an estimated 10 barrels of fluid reached Cottonwood Gulch. The Post Independent originally reported that all 160 barrels reached the gulch.

Williams representative Susan Alvillar said the fluid was “flowback water,” which is liquid and other substances that rise out of a well bore after the hydraulic fracturing process.

Alvillar said the fluid had undergone a treatment process, separating the water from gas, oil, sand and other contaminants, and was in a holding tank when a valve was inadvertently left open.

Alvillar said that the communities of Parachute and Battlement Mesa were alerted about the spill and reported no evidence of contamination after testing their water.

County officials and private landowners have reached an agreement regarding Garfield County Road 306 near Parachute and Battlement Mesa, a part of which has been closed for a year and a half over a disagreement about the road’s right of way and other issues.

The road is a horseshoe shaped route that loops north of CR 300 and crosses over a ridge at its northernmost section. It is near the ridge that the closure took place as part of a squabble involving a gas pipeline project and a property rights dispute.

County Attorney Don DeFord reported to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday that a “memorandum of understanding” has been drawn up and awaits the signatures of all three county commissioners.

The MOU, he said, involves a swap of terrain that will restore the road to a legal right of way.

County road crews are projected to finish repairs to the road, which was damaged during the gas pipeline project and afterward, some time in July.

DURANGO (AP) – ExxonMobil says it favors disclosing the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to ease concerns about potential contamination.

In a regulatory filing last week, the oil and gas giant says it understands companies’ concerns over giving up their exact formulas but says disclosing the ingredients could help alleviate concerns.

ExxonMobil’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission follows the company’s acquisition of Fort Worth-based XTO Energy and efforts in Congress to regulate hydraulic fracturing.

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