Under pressure to push gas

Under pressure to push gas

Race for CO2 is producing dividends, environmental issues
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The towering silhouette of Kinder Morgan’s drilling rig stands out among the rolling hills northeast of Cahone. The company operates about 100 carbon dioxide wells in Dolores and Montezuma counties and plans to drill two more wells this year. The company has two drilling rigs in Southwest Colorado and may soon bring in a third completion rig, said Coy Bryant, the company’s carbon dioxide production manager.
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Coy Bryant, carbon dioxide production manager for Kinder Morgan, goes over a maps of the company’s two production units in Southwest Colorado. The McElmo Dome Unit covers about 200,000 acres and the Doe Canyon Unit covers about 50,000 acres.
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With demand for carbon dioxide booming, Kinder Morgan is investing $250 million to expand its drilling and processing operations in Dolores County. Coy Bryant walks down to the site of a new facility that will house a booster compressor used to process carbon dioxide flowing in from the Doe Canyon Unit.
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Kinder Morgan is also adding another standard compressor to process carbon dioxide from its Doe Canyon Unit. Jeremy Morse, with Saulsbury Industries, works near the new compressor at the company’s facility 25 miles north of Cortez.
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Coy Bryant, carbon dioxide production manager for Kinder Morgan, goes over a map in his office north of Cortez, that shows the carbon dioxide leases that Kinder Morgan holds in Montezuma and Dolores counties. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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A drilling rig sets up to tap a carbon dioxide field located about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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A drilling rig sets up to tap a carbon dioxide field located about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Steve Garner, drill rig safety director, looks over a drilling rig that is in the process of setting up to tap a carbon dioxide field located about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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A drilling rig sets up to tap a carbon dioxide field located about 25 miles north of Cortez.
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A drilling rig sets up to tap a carbon dioxide field located about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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With the demand for carbon dioxide increasing, Kinder Morgan is expanding its compressing facility located about 25 miles north of Cortez.
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With the demand for carbon dioxide increasing, Kinder Morgan is expanding its compressing facility that Coy Bryant, carbon dioxide production manager for Kinder Morgan, is approaching about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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With the demand for CO2 increasing Kinder Morgan is expanding its compressing facility about 25 miles north of Cortez.
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With the demand for CO2 increasing Kinder Morgan is expanding its compressing facility about 25 miles north of Cortez. The giant wall is a new feature that helps dampen noise. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Eli Maryboy, with Saulsbury Industries, pulls wire at the carbon dioxide compressing facility about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Coy Bryant, carbon dioxide production manager for Kinder Morgan, left, John Mickel, project manager with Saulsbury Industries, center, and Chris Millican, construction superintendent with Kinder Morgan, talk about the progress of construction at the carbon dioxide compressing facility about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Jeremy Morse, with Saulsbury Industries, works on the expansion and upgrades to the Kinder Morgan compressing facility about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Coy Bryant, carbon dioxide production manager for Kinder Morgan, explains the operation of the compressing facility located about 25 miles north of Cortez. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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