On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 ConocoPhillips held an open house and BBQ dinner at the Bennett, CO Community center for residents of nearby communities. The company was eager to answer questions about its accelerating oil operations on and around its Lowry Bombing Range properties. There were multiple stations attended by ConocoPhillips experts where residents could ask questions about Well Site Construction, Water, Transportation, Pipelines, and Safety. There was a large turnout by the community with a filled parking lot and hundreds of people in attendance.
ConocoPhillips starting in 2011, has amassed over 130,000 acres of leases on and around the Lowry Bombing Range in eastern Colorado. While the production figures are not yet released from the company’s initial exploratory wells drilled in 2012, the company’s plans to drill dozens of wells in 2013 (ConocoPhillips announces new Niobrara Sweet Spot and 2013 Drill Program) certainly indicates that ConocoPhillips has a sizable discovery on its hands.
Further evidence of Conoco’s commitment to the area is its application to install significant oilfield infrastructure by building a pipeline to service it’s wells as they are drilled and completed. The proposed pipeline (see graphic) will use a right of way that is 75 feet wide and contain four ditches containing and 8 inch oil pipeline, a 12 to 14 inch natural gas pipeline, a 4 1/2 inch produced (waste) water pipeline and the fourth ditch containing fiber optic cable for oil field communications and control. The plans are for the natural gas pipeline to connect to Anadarko’s Watkins processing
facility where the methane and NGLs will be separated. The oil pipeline will connect to the Front Range Pipeline and/or possibly Suncor’s Commerce City Refinery. It has not been decided where the produced water pipeline will connect, however since its intention is to limit or eliminate waste water trucks in the area, the future plans have the waste water pipeline connecting to an Underground Injection Control (UIC) well where the water will be treated to state standards, and then injected. This significant pipeline infrastructure investment is feasible due to the company’s concentrated acreage position (see leasehold graphic above) in the Lowry Bombing Range area. As this area is developed, the pipeline infrastructure will expand to serve what is anticipated to be significant oil and gas production.