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DocNum: 401440391 Date Rec'd: 10/25/2017
Operator: CRESTONE PEAK RESOURCES OPERATING LLC Oper. No. 10633
Address: 1801 CALIFORNIA STREET #2500  DENVER , CO 80202
Company Rep.

Jason Oates

Well Name/No.

VESSELS MINERALS 'E'-61N68W  19NWSW

Location

NWSW  19 T1N  R68W  6

Fac.ID: 335664  Fac.Type: LOCATION 
API number: 05- - County

WELD  

COGCC Rep: Kira  Gillette Phone:

(303 ) 894-2100x5165

Alleged Violation(s):

    Alleged Violation Issue:
Date of Alleged Violation:  N/A Date of Initial Discovery:  N/A
 Pursuant to Rule 805.a., Crestone Peak Resources Operating LLC (“Operator”) shall operate oil and gas facilities and equipment in such a manner that odors and dust do not constitute a nuisance or hazard to public welfare. Following an odor complaint made on September 12, 2017 (Document No. 200443870), COGCC Staff inspected the Vessels Minerals 'E'-61 location (“Location”) on September 12, 2017 (Document No. 674200214) and observed a well plugging operation. COGCC Staff also observed venting from open top tanks located on the west side of the Location approximately 25 yards from the playground of Aspen Ridge Preparatory School, the absence of temporary walls on the west side of the location, children playing in the playground and watching the rig crew’s operation, and volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) visibly drifting toward the children in the playground. COGCC Staff recorded photographs of the site showing the proximity to the playground (Document No. 674200222) and optical gas imagery video showing VOCs venting out of the open top tank next to the playground (Document No. 674200229). Due to the proximity of the school playground and the VOCs observed venting from the open top tank, COGCC Staff requested, and the Operator performed, a safety shutdown to cease operations and venting at the Location until implementation of safer practices to better control the VOCs. On September 13, 2017, Operator directed gases from the well to a sealed 500 barrel flowback tank. The gas vent from the flowback tank was then piped to a flareless gas combustor. This system will remain in place until all seven wells on the pad are plugged and abandoned. Operator’s venting of VOCs from the well in proximity to a school playground with children present allowed odors to constitute a hazard to public welfare, in violation of Rule 805.a. 
Act, Order, Regulation, Permit Conditions Cited:
    Rule: 805 Description: Odors and Dust
Abatement or Corrective Action Required to be Performed by Operator
Action Due Date:  9/29/2017
 Operator shall submit a written safety plan applicable to all location(s) undergoing plugging operations in Colorado, by email to Mike Leonard at mike.leonard@state.co.us. The safety plan(s) shall describe the measures Operator will implement at the location(s) to eliminate unnecessary and excessive venting or flaring of natural gas, to protect the health and safety of the public, and to ensure that odors from well plugging operations do not constitute a nuisance or hazard to public welfare. This Corrective Action does not necessarily satisfy any Conditions of Approval that may be attached to a proposed Form 6, Well Abandonment Report - Notice of Intent to Abandon, requiring the submission of a site-specific written safety plan.
This section to be completed by Operator when alleged violation is corrected
Action Complete Date:  8/1/2018
 NOAV resolved by Order 1V-665. See Order for details regarding corrective actions performed or pending.
    Alleged Violation Issue:
Date of Alleged Violation:  N/A Date of Initial Discovery:  N/A
 Pursuant to Rule 912.a., Crestone Peak Resources Operating LLC (“Operator”) shall not unnecessarily or excessively vent or flare natural gas produced from a well. Following an odor complaint made on September 12, 2017 (Document No. 200443870), COGCC Staff inspected the Vessels Minerals 'E'-61 location (“Location”) on September 12, 2017 (Document No. 674200214) and observed a well plugging operation. COGCC Staff also observed open top tanks located on the west side of the location receiving gas from the well, and volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) visibly being released from the open top tank. COGCC Staff recorded photographs of the site showing the proximity to a school playground (Document No. 674200222) and optical imagery video showing VOCs venting out of the open top tank next to the playground (Document No. 674200229). Due to the proximity to a school playground and the VOCs observed venting from the open top tank, COGCC Staff requested, and the Operator performed, a safety shutdown to cease operations and venting at the Location until implementation of safer practices to better control the VOCs. On September 13, 2017, Operator directed gases from the well to a sealed 500 barrel flowback tank. The gas vent from the flowback tank was then piped to a flareless gas combustor. This system will remain in place until all seven wells on the pad are plugged and abandoned. Operator’s venting of VOCs from the well without taking reasonable precautions to reduce the amount of natural gas vented such as by routing tank emissions to a combustion device for control resulted in unnecessary and excess venting of natural gas, in violation of Rule 912.a. 
Act, Order, Regulation, Permit Conditions Cited:
    Rule: 912 Description: Venting or Flaring Natural Gas
Abatement or Corrective Action Required to be Performed by Operator
Action Due Date:  9/29/2017
 Operator shall submit a written safety plan applicable to all location(s) undergoing plugging operations in Colorado, by email to Mike Leonard at mike.leonard@state.co.us. The safety plan(s) shall describe the measures Operator will implement at the location(s) to eliminate unnecessary and excessive venting or flaring of natural gas, to protect the health and safety of the public, and to ensure that odors from well plugging operations do not constitute a nuisance or hazard to public welfare. This Corrective Action does not necessarily satisfy any Conditions of Approval that may be attached to a proposed Form 6, Well Abandonment Report - Notice of Intent to Abandon, requiring the submission of a site-specific written safety plan.
This section to be completed by Operator when alleged violation is corrected
Action Complete Date:  8/1/2018
 NOAV resolved by Order 1V-665. See Order for details regarding corrective actions performed or pending.
Company Rep:  Kira Gillette Title:  NOAV Specialist Signature?   Date:    10/25/2017 10:12:28 AM
COGCC Signature?  Date:  10/25/2017 11:17:52 AM  
Resolution approved by:  Title: 
Final Resolution
Date Case Closed? Letter Sent? COGCC person
8/1/2018 Y Y Kira Gillette

NOAV resolved by Order 1V-665. See Order for details regarding corrective actions performed or pending.




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