These are photos of the well flaring on the Maeves pad in Slaughter Gulch taken from Peach Valley.* The flaring has been continuous on that well pad since Saturday – in other words non-stop flaring. Apparently when Ursa’s Don Simpson said, “The Maves Pad will have the potential to be concluded flaring next weekend. Either the 22nd or the 23rd of February,” he meant it will flare constantly until then. I was not aware Gasfield County allows 24-hour well flaring, which is outrageous.
COGCC rules regarding flaring don’t say anything about duration.
912. VENTING OR FLARING NATURAL GAS
a. The unnecessary or excessive venting or flaring of natural gas produced from a well is prohibited.
b. Except for gas flared or vented during an upset condition, well maintenance, well stimulation flowback, purging operations, or a productivity test, gas from a well shall be flared or vented only after notice has been given and approval obtained from the Director on a Sundry Notice, Form 4, stating the estimated volume and content of the gas. The notice shall indicate whether the gas contains more than one(1) ppm of hydrogen sulfide. If necessary to protect the public health, safety or welfare, the Director may require the flaring of gas.
c. Gas flared, vented or used on the lease shall be estimated based on a gas-oil ratio test or other equivalent test approved by the Director, and reported on Operator’s Monthly Production Report, Form 7.
d. Flared gas that is subject to Sundry Notice, Form 4, shall be directed to a controlled flare in accordance with Rule 903.b.(2) or other combustion device operated as efficiently as possible to provide maximum reduction of air contaminants where practicable and without endangering the safety of the well site personnel and the public.
e. Operators shall notify the local emergency dispatch or the local governmental designee of any natural gas flaring. Notice shall be given prior to flaring when flaring can be reasonably anticipated, or as soon as possible, but in no event more than two (2) hours after the flaring occurs.
*All photographers will remain anonymous. Send photos of well flares to: firstname.lastname@example.org