Garfield County Air Study at Midpoint
An ongoing study measuring air emissions from natural gas operations in Garfield County is about half complete.
Doctor Jeff Collett of Colorado State University delivered an update to the Garfield County Commissioners Tuesday. The County and “industry partners” are funding the $1.8 million study. Field work started in 2013. Researchers are working with companies like WPX and Encana to measure emissions from drilling, fracking and flow-back operations.
So far, Collett says the study has produced 16 successful experiments that are being analyzed. There have been challenges.
“The amount of new wells going in has decreased with the decrease in the price of natural gas. And some constraints in terms of site suitability. A lot of the development of new wells now happens at topographically complex sites. So these have slowed measurements a bit over what we would have opened.”
Collett hopes to produce a total of 24 successful experiments by the end of 2015, when the study is slated to be complete.