IN THE MATTER OF A REQUEST BY ENERGY SEARCH

COMPANY, INC. TO AMEND ORDER NO.1V-184 ISSUED

BY THE COLORADO OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION

COMMISSION, ADAMS COUNTY, COLORADO

CAUSE NO. 1

ORDER NO. 1-89

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION

                This cause came on before the Commission at 8:30 a.m. on April 25, 2000, in Suite 801, the Chancery Building, 1120 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado, on the application of Energy Search Company, Inc. for an order seeking to amend Order No. 1V-184 to reduce or eliminate the fine assessed by that order.

FINDINGS

                The Commission finds as follows:

                1. Energy Search Company, Inc. ("Energy Search") as applicant here in is an interested party in the subject matter of the above-referenced hearing.

                2. Due notice of the time, place and purpose of the hearing has been given in all respects as required by law.

                3. The Commission has jurisdiction over the subject matter embraced in said Notice, and of the parties interested therein, and jurisdiction to promulgate the hereinafter prescribed order.

                4. On January 10, 2000 the Commission issued Order No. 1V-184, finding Energy Search Company, Inc. ("Energy Search") in violation of Order No. 1V-180 and in continuing violation of Rule 319. b. (3), failure to obtain Director approval for continuing shut-in status and Rule 326.b., failure to perform a mechanical integrity test within thirty (30) days of removing the surface production equipment for the Campbell #1 Well located in the SW1/4 SW1/4 of Sect ion 22, Township 1 South, Range 67 West, 6th P.M. In addition, a fine of Eight Thousand dollars ($8,000.00) was assessed for the violations, payable within thirty (30) days from the date Order No. 1V-184 was issued.

                5. On March 1, 2000 Mr. Don Robuck of Energy Search, filed with the Commission an application for an order to amend Order No. 1V-184 to reduce or eliminate the Eight Thousand dollar ($8,000) fine assessed, as the company paid the Two Thousand dollar ($2,000) fine assessed in Order No. 1V-180.

                6. At the April 25, 2000 hearing, Mr. Don. Robuck testified that the delay in plugging and abandoning the Campbell #1 Well was due to the unavailability in obtaining a contractor to perform the work. In addition, Mr. Robuck testified he has suffered from a medical emergency over the past three years, thus limiting his ability to oversee completion of the work. Finally, Mr. Robuck testified that on January 21, 2000 he paid the Two Thousand dollar ($2,0 00) fine assessed in Order No. 1V-180 in an effort to comply with the order.

                7. Based upon the testimony presented by Mr. Don Robuck the Commission determined the fine should be reduced by Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000) thus amending Order No. 1V-184 and assessing a total fine of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000).

ORDER

                NOW, THEREFORE IT IS ORDERED that Order No. 1V-184 is hereby amended to reduce the total fine assessed to Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) for violation of Order No. 1V-180 and of Rule 319. b. (3), failure to obtain Director approval for continuing shut-in status and Rule 326.b., failure to perform a mechanical integrity test within thirty (30) days of removing the surface production equipment for the Campbell #1 Well located in the SW1/4 SW1/4 of Section 22, Township 1 South, Range 67 West, 6th P.M.

                IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that because Mr. Don Robuck has paid Two Thousand Dollars ($2000) of the total fine assessed he hereby owes a balance of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000), due within thirty days of the date this order is entered.

                IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the previsions contained in the above order shall become effective forthwith.

                IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Commission expressly reserves its right, after notice and hearing, to alter, amend or repeal any and/or all of the above orders.

                ENTERED this day of May, as of April 25, 2000.

                OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

                By Patricia C. Beaver, Secretary

 

                Dated at Suite 801

                1120 Lincoln Street

                Denver, Colorado 80203

                May 9, 2000

 

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