The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to hear from the public on its plans to allow two companies to drill and operate energy wells in the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge. This is a view of the Green River at the refuge.
Credit Jaclyn Kircher / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Two energy companies are seeking permission to drill in the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Utah. The federal agency reviewing the proposal is now ready to hear from the public.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working for two years with the companies behind the drilling plans. Thurston Energy and Ultra Resources plan a total of 11 wells in their separate projects. The Uinta Basin already has over 10,000 oil and gas wells, so the new ones might not seem like much. But the wildlife refuge exists to safeguard wildlife and its habitat.
Before the Bill Barrett Corporation decided to sell its natural gas operations in the West Tavaputs Plateau of eastern Utah, it had worked out agreements with environmentalists for special protection in some areas. Those groups say the new owner, the EnerVest Corporation of Houston, needs to keep those promises.
Last week, the Bill Barrett Corporation sold its natural gas properties in the West Tavaputs Plateau of eastern Utah for more than 300-million dollars.
The deal was announced last week, but the buyer wasn’t disclosed. Filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, though, identify the buyer as the EnerVest Corporation, based in Houston. The transaction is valued at 371-million dollars. EnerVest has drilling operations in Colorado and New Mexico as well as several other states in the South and Midwest.