What is a Comprehensive Drilling Plan or CDP?
An option provided for by state regulators, the plan provides a wholistic and inclusionary approach to engage stakeholders at all levels including nearby and affected landowners, fire districts, local governments, water districts and state regulators representing the Division of Wildlife, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and others. Unlike permitting energy development one project at a time, a comprehensive drilling plan seeks to permit projects within a defined geographic area.
While this is a time-consuming permitting process, our goal is to prepare and implement a best in class plan that incorporates input and insight from stakeholders.
How did you come up with this area for your drilling plan?
State regulators envisioned a larger project size for these comprehensive development plans. With the broader based planning, we have more flexibility to address community impacts and optimize operations to limit those impacts and reduce our development timeline. The geographic region might look larger, but the pad sites actually represent a very small portion of the footprint overall. In addition, the planned reclamation project will return 862 acres back to the community, which actually creates a net reduction in the current project’s land usage by the completion of the entire project.
How will this project affect traffic?
We’re using best management practices to minimize trucks on the road during the early stages of operation. During that process, whenever feasible, we’ll seek to operate those trucks outside of rush hours to limit potential congestion. After the operation phase, truck traffic will be significantly reduced for the remainder of the project since traditionally trucked materials, like water, oil and natural gas, will be transported through pipelines. Our closed loop system will help alleviate truck traffic by using below ground pipeline infrastructure to safely draw in fluids and pipe out resources quickly and efficiently offsite.
What will the noise levels be?
For the completion phase of the project, we’re proud to be using quiet frac fleet technology to significantly reduce decibel levels. For each site, we’ll perform a sound survey to strategically identify best options to dampen noise levels, including deployment of innovative sound walls to further muffle additional sounds coming from the area.
How long will the project last?
While there are multiple phases of the development process, the drilling and completions phases are only expected to last 5 months at each pad location. Our aim is to move through that process as efficiently as possible to minimize impacts and potential inconveniences.
At the same time, we will be plugging and reclaiming older wells as we develop each drilling unit and giving the land back to the owners.
This producing field in Weld County has helped Colorado become the fifth largest energy producer in the country, providing jobs throughout the area. As our technology continues to improve, we’re collecting more underground resources in a shorter period of time, helping those mineral rights owners realize their investments.
Working with state regulators, our comprehensive drilling plan will actually limit drilling and production within the confined strategic area. When completed and coupled with our reclamation of other wells in the area, our project will reduce the total number of wells in the area by approximately 226.
I have a specific question not include here. Who can I contact?
You can call our help line at (970)286-7875 or email our team at MountainViewCDP@srcenergy.com.
Who makes the final decision on this project?
While the CDP Application will ultimately be decided by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, we’re meeting and engaging with all levels of stakeholders including Weld County, Evans, Milliken, La Salle, Gilcrest and the fire district to answer their questions, alleviate potential concerns and address unique needs of these stakeholders.
The fact is SRC Energy is a Colorado company and our employees live and work in the communities where we operate. You’re not just a stakeholder in this process, you’re also our neighbor and we respect that.