Area’s natural-gas production slows

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Area’s natural-gas production slows

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Views of drilling-rig crews, like this one south of Durango near U.S. Highway 550, are becoming rarer in La Plata County. Since 2007, permits for new natural-gas and wells have fallen from 328 to 99 in 2011.
New technology has made shale gas an ‘asset’ in La Plata County, says Christi Zeller, executive director of the La Plata County Energy Council. However, current prices for natural gas are so low, Zeller says, that the chances of drillers actually beginning projects to reach the gas are “zilch.”

Area’s natural-gas production slows

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Views of drilling-rig crews, like this one south of Durango near U.S. Highway 550, are becoming rarer in La Plata County. Since 2007, permits for new natural-gas and wells have fallen from 328 to 99 in 2011.
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New technology has made shale gas an ‘asset’ in La Plata County, says Christi Zeller, executive director of the La Plata County Energy Council. However, current prices for natural gas are so low, Zeller says, that the chances of drillers actually beginning projects to reach the gas are “zilch.”
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