SG Interests files second APD for Thompson Divide |

SG Interests files second APD for Thompson Divide

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – SG Interests of Houston submitted its second application to drill for gas in the Thompson Divide area on Monday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The second Application for Permission to Drill, or APD, is for a single gas well on a single surface well pad, on a leased area of 1,440 acres.

The site is located three miles south of the first APD, just east of what is known as the Wolf Creek Unit, in Pitkin County.

The first APD, filed on Oct. 17, is for a site just south of Williams Peak, along Beaver Creek and near Four Mile Park in Garfield County.

Access for both wells, according to company plans, would be Four Mile Road into Four Mile Park, and then along U.S. Forest Service roads, according to Dave Boyd, public information officer for the BLM.

The company, based in Houston, Texas, is seeking to place seven surface well pads, with at least nine wells, on leases in the Thompson Divide area, according to Robbie Guinn, vice president of land at SG Interests.

Thompson Divide is a 221,500 acre swath of mostly public lands stretching from Sunlight Mountain Resort to McClure Pass, and from just west of the Crystal River over to Divide Creek.

According to Boyd, both APDs filed so far are within the proposed 32,000-acre Lake Ridge Unit, which is SG Interests’ effort to combine several leases into one administrative unit.

But that unitization request, filed in May 2011 in an effort to give the company more time to determine the viability of the gas resource, remains under study by the BLM.

SG Interests decided to file for drilling permits, Guinn told the Post Independent, in part because of looming expiration dates for its leases in the area and delays in getting the Lake Ridge Unit approved.

Both leases covered in the APDs, said Boyd, are scheduled to expire on May 31, 2013.

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