Ursa’s Don Simpson (VP Business Development) and Jeff Powers, the new guy in Ursa’s Rifle office, attended the SiltBOTs meeting Monday night (2/25). They gave a short presentation similar to the presentation at the GarCo BOCC meeting last November 13 (Introducing Ursa Resources).
We didn’t find out much in the way of additional information on local drilling activity beyond what I posted in Updates from Ursa. They will be doing about 50 workovers in the area between Silt and Parachute.
The maintenance and flaring activity at the Diemoz Pad, Fenno Pad, Three Siblings Pad, and Maeves Pad (Ursa flaring activity around Silt) should be finished by the end of this week. Jeff Powers said the work on the Maeves Pad is done and that well is shut in. And the other three should be done this week, though our neighbors on Silt Mesa report no more activity at the Diemoz Pad in a little over a week, so it’s possible that one is also shut in.
Completion (fracking) has already begun on the F-1H Pad, across the river (east of Divide Creek Animal Hospital). That pad is on the pipeline so they will not be flaring as much as they were on Silt Mesa and Peach Valley, where there are no pipelines. And Powers said they would be using low nox burners. Completion should take about 4 weeks.
Ursa will also be adding a rig to drill locations this summer (third quarter 2013) but neither Jeff nor Don could tell me where the new rig will be located – as in what pad and where.
Ursa will be participating in the Garfield County/CSU Air Quality Study.
While the presentation and the answers to my questions were lacking in specifics, Simpson did point out that when Fiona Lloyd and I asked for information he made sure he got the answers for us. He certainly did that, though I wouldn’t say we got answers to all of our questions but I won’t nit-pick.
He also mentioned Community Counts, as a source for information. For your information according the website, “Community Counts is a 501c3 community-based program designed to offer residents a timely resource for open and respectful dialogue when they have issues, concerns or questions relating to the natural gas and oil industry.” However the board and staff are made up of oil & gas industry reps and businesspeople affiliated with the the industry. Don Simpson is a new Community Counts Board member. On January 21, the GarCo BOCC approved $20,000 in funding to the group. They do offer a response line where they boast: “When residents call the main Community Counts Response Line number, they can get in direct touch with an operator and receive a resolution to a concern or answer to a question in a timely manner. Operators and their contractors work hand in hand to address and resolve concerns.” Since I have no experience with Community Counts I can’t attest to the accuracy of that statement.
Town Administrator Pam Woods told Don Simpson she would like to coordinate with him when information becomes available so that the town can post updates on the Silt website.
While Ursa is being lauded for their efforts to introduce themselves into the “community,” they’re pretty much like any other operator in the area. They are not forthcoming with specific information unless pressed for details. So if you want to know what’s going on you have to ask.
There will be two more meet and greets with Ursa the first week of March. Take your pick –
Tuesday, March 5th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Grand Valley Fire Protection District Station #1 (Battlement Mesa Firehouse)
124 Stone Quarry Rd.
Wednesday, March 6th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Holiday Inn Express (Silt)
1535 River Frontage Rd.
In the meantime, direct your comments and questions to:
Don Simpson, CPL
Vice President – Business Development
Ursa Operating Company LLC
1050 17th St., Suite 2400
Denver, CO 80265
Direct: (720) 508-8369
Fax: (720) 508-8368
Cell: (281) 467-3117