Second drilling meeting set for Thursday evening

By John Gardner
The Surveyor

Extraction Oil and Gas is hosting a public meeting to inform residents of its seismic survey that will determine if and where drilling will occur in an area east of Berthoud. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Berthoud Community Center.

According to a press release from Extraction, this meeting will be similar to the meeting held on Sept. 22 at the community center where representatives from Extraction and contractors who’ll perform the seismic survey presented information about the survey process.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Berthoud area residents on Thursday to present information about a seismic survey we’ve commissioned for an area east of Berthoud,” Rusty Kelley, Extraction Oil and Gas chief financial officer, stated in the press release.

Extraction is in the “very earliest” stages of the exploration process in this area, and the company expects that any future drilling activity won’t occur until for at least one year to 18 months. However, the seismic survey is scheduled to begin in December, according to a spokesperson from Extraction.

“Because we understand that people might have questions about energy development, our goal is to share information about the oil and natural gas exploration process, and we welcome the opportunity to talk with community members about how we safely and responsibly produce the energy resources we all need,” Kelley stated in the press release.

The meeting will have an open-house format. Immediately following Extraction’s presentation, residents will be given the opportunity to visit separate stations that will be set up, providing information on the extraction process.

“We welcome all area residents who want to learn more about the energy industry and anyone who is interested in seismic survey of the area east of Berthoud,” Kelly stated.