Update: State 30-16 Site Work & Methane Investigation
Renewed plugging and abandonment operations are nearing completion on the State Pad north of Soaring Heights PK-8 and Erie High Schools.
Occidental offered the following statement regarding the work:
“Our highest priority is to conduct our business in a manner that protects the safety and welfare of communities, our employees, and the environment.
In 2021 elective soil vapor sampling on the State pad identified an isolated area of gas in the shallow soil. Ongoing monitoring results indicate that we located and identified the issue. Over the next several months, we will continue monitoring to confirm that remediation meets our strict company standards and Weld County and COGCC regulations. We are finishing up well abandonment work on the State 3-16 well and will move a rig back to the State 21-16 well to complete final abandonment work. Current operations on the pad are during daylight hours only and will continue until the re-entries are completed. We are doing everything we can to finish these activities as quickly, and safely as possible. Upon conclusion of the rig work, we will temporarily leave the sound walls in place until we complete the next phase of testing.
Our evaluation and testing continue to show no risk to the community or environment. In addition, there are no detectable environmental impacts beyond the fenced project area. Since we began continuous air monitoring at this location in August 2021, there’s been no instance where levels approached the Health Guidance Value. We will continue to post project updates and air monitoring reports here.”
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