CO Fires Force Wells to Shut Down

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 05:06 PM gHale

Wildfires continue to wreak havoc in Colorado as Denver-based Encana Oil & Gas shut down about 500 natural-gas wells and a processing plant in the northwest part of Rio Blanco County.

The Rio Blanco County sheriff’s office last week ordered the evacuation of Encana’s Dragon Trail gas-processing plant near Rangely. The plant employs eight workers.

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Encana shut down the wells in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management, said Encana spokesman Doug Hock. He said the wells are relatively low-flowing and represent a small portion of Encana’s output in Colorado.

Hock said authorities will assess the status of the fire and its proximity to the wells and plant.

Leading into this week, three hot-shot crews made “excellent progress” constructing fire lines and the fire was about 10 percent contained. The agency said the fire has burned 1,065 acres.

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