Notice of Hydraulic Fracturing
Kerr McGee has notified the COGCC that field operations will take place at the Papa Jo site located outside of Erie limits (north of CR 10 and east of CR 3). The notice was provided to the Town of Erie upon submittal to COGCC due to the location’s proximity (within 2,000 feet) of Erie limits, as required by COGCC Rule 405.
Hydraulic fracturing (sometimes referred to as “fracking”) is the process of creating small cracks, or fractures, underground to release oil or natural gas and allow it to flow up the well for an operator to capture. To create the cracks, fracturing fluids – water, sand, and chemical additives – are injected down the well bore into the earth. The fluid causes the rock to fracture along weak areas.
This process may result in emissions of natural gas into the atmosphere, leaks, and/or spills, or nuisances with noise, odor, and/or air quality, and necessitates submission of this notice.
Papa Jo Field Operations Notices indicate that the operator intends to conduct hydraulic fracturing treatments beginning on Mar. 13 at 9 a.m. and the field operations are expected to last five days.
The below message was previously sent on March 11 erroneously as 'Notice of Liquids Unloading'.