Oil and natural gas operations on Wednesday remained untouched by a series of wildfires raging in Colorado, industry representatives told NGI’s Shale Daily.
A spokesperson for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the state's largest producer, said the fires had not impacted its operations. Officials at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), its Western Slope chapter and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission echoed the Anadarko assessment.
"We do not know yet if the fires have had much of an impact on operators in the area," said a COGA spokesperson. However, the situation “could easily change as we hear more from our colleagues and members."
A spokesperson for PDC Energy Inc., another big Colorado producer, said Wednesay the company doesn't have any operations in or around the various wildfires.
With the outbreak of a fire on Buffalo Mountain in Summit County, officials were focused on at least five major fires: 416 Fire near Durango, Burro Fire in Montezuma County, Bocco Fire in Eagle County and Emery Gap in Las Animas County.
Gov. John Hickenlooper said he and other officials are meeting Friday in the 416 Fire area. He said the state had adequate resources to fight the fires. "We have five interagency heavy air tankers, and through experience we have learned how to integrate our statewide resources with federal, county and municipal resources.”
Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and members of Hickenlooper's cabinet on Tuesday visited the 416 Fire area to meet with Durango and La Plata County officials, which came as the 3,000-square-mile San Juan National Forest was being closed. Federal officials said the wildfire was threatening the park's trails and roads.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the 416 Fire continued to expand after more than doubling in size last weekend, according to local fire fighting officials.
Burning 10 miles north of Durango, the fire caused the evacuation of 2,100 homes and has consumed 40 square miles and is 15% contained. In contrast, the newest fire on Buffalo Mountain broke out Tuesday about 67 miles west of Denver, threatening residential and ski areas.