Windsor plans gas wells in Divide Creek
Windsor Energy Co. of Oklahoma City is moving into the Divide Creek area this year. Windsor recently filed a Proposed Action report with the BLM outlining its plans to drill 98 natural gas wells from 18 well pads on 5,000 acres over the next three to four years.BLM is inviting comments on the project prior to completing an environmental assessment of the area. Deadline for comments is Feb. 18.Windsor’s efforts will focus on uplands above Gibson Gulch about five miles south of Silt. The project area, 11 sections or 4,087 acres, located entirely on BLM land, is bordered on the west by County Road 311 and on the south by County Road 313. Plans call for drilling up to 12 wells in 2005 and up to 35 wells in 2006, with the remainder drilled in 2007 or 2008.”The exact number of wells drilled in any given year will depend on technical results and market performance,” the report said.Windsor acquired the federal leases from KLT Gas Inc., of Houston, which drilled three exploratory wells in the area last year but did not develop them further, Bill Barter, spokesman for the BLM, said.Buys and Associates, a Denver environmental consulting company, is preparing an environmental assessment of the project area for the BLM. One consideration that will be addressed in the EA is the area’s proximity to a natural gas seep where a drilling moratorium is in effect. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission imposed the moratorium on a two-mile radius around the gas seep from an EnCana well in West Divide Creek. The COGCC fined EnCana $371,200 for the seep.Don Douglas, of Buys and Associates, project manager for the Windsor EA, said he was not sure if the project area is near the moratorium area around the EnCana well.”It’s pretty darn close,” Barter said. “It could be an issue.”According to the Proposed Action report, Windsor will extend a “trunk road” for 1.71 miles, upgrade 1.88 miles of existing roads and construct 3.3 miles of new access roads to the well pads. It will also construct a central processing station and a pipeline. The central station will increase natural gas pressure from 200 pounds per square inch to 1,000 psi to enable it to flow through the pipeline. The station will be built to initially process 25 million cubic feet of gas per day.Windsor will construct a 1.57-mile, 4- to 6-inch pipeline from the central station to a larger Canyon Resources pipeline that runs on the north side of County Road 313.Well pads will range from 0.92 to 2.25 acres in size and wells will be drilled an average of 6,500 feet, ranging from 6,295 to 7,695 feet in depth.Wells will take 14 to 21 days to drill and 45 days to complete, the report said. In accordance with BLM’s lease agreement with Windsor, construction and drilling activity is not permitted from Dec. 1 to April 30 to protect big game winter range.”Wording in the leases indicates that exceptions may be granted, in consultation with the BLM and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, for the last 60 days of the closure if mild winter conditions are present,” the report said.”We’re hoping to be in the ground as soon as possible this spring,” said Clark Rother, landsman with Windsor Energy.Barter said the first draft of the EA should be completed in mid-February and issued in early April. Besides the potential to infringe on the gas seep moratorium area, BLM has also identified potential habitat for a protected penstemon species.
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