It has been noted on numerous occasions by county officials and others that the few minerals exploration and production companies operating here have established an excellent record of compliance with regulations.
In reports and comments made at various forums and presentations, both Gunnison Energy Corporation and SG Interests have been singled out for compliments on their operational methods and accessibility to information about operations.
On March 18, Delta County's local government designee, Bruce Bertram, said the newest player in county minerals exploration business appears to be following in the path already traveled by GEC and SG.
Fram, the Norwegian-owned exploration company, has already had pre-operations meetings with the county's planning staff on required procedures, reviews, and permits for its proposed multi-well exploration operation on private property north of Delta on the former White Ranch property.
Local operators' compliance with regulations has been the rule rather than the exception on the state level, too.
Bertram, in his presentation to the county commissioners, re-emphasized a point made at a January meeting of the local Oil/Gas Collaborative Group. The point is that even though new state regulations requiring ground water testing near drill pad locations have just been adopted, GEC and SG have been doing that kind of testing as a regular practice for years prior to the state regulations.
At that January meeting, Eric Sanford, SG operations manager, noted that pre- and post-drill ground water testing is "standard operating procedure." He added, "It's only in the interest of the company." It has not been uncommon for industry lawyers to advise their clients to adopt the practice, he added.blog comments powered by Disqus