STEAMBOAT SPRINGS —Shell Oil is seeking drilling permits for two long-anticipated oil wells between Steamboat Springs and Hayden even though it told Routt and Moffat county officials in late July that it is pulling back from its plans to explore the Niobrara shale in Northwest Colorado.
Shell’s plans to acquire permits for the Camilletti well north of Milner and the Williams well southeast of Hayden are consistent with what company spokesman Carolyn Tucker told Steamboat Today in early August.
Tucker said at the time that her company had decided to focus on assets with a higher growth potential than the play here that it calls the Sand Wash Basin Niobrara. However, she said Shell intended to move forward with planned wells before beginning to market its assets here to other energy companies.
Routt County Planning Department Director Chad Phillips said this week that the Camilletti well, previously being developed by Quicksilver Resources, has a date with the Routt County Planning Commission at 6 p.m. Sept. 5.