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Moffat County Commission approves permit for seismic data

In other action …

At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

• Approved, 3-0, the low bid for asphalt projects to Connell Resources, Inc., for $1,512,474.75.

• Approved, 3-0, awarding the bid for a utility box to OJ Watson Equipment for $7,498 based on reputation and close bid.

The Moffat County Commission approved Tuesday, 3-0, a conditional use permit for Lockhart Geophysical Company to perform seismic analysis on 6.5 square miles of land east of Yampa Valley Golf Course.

Lockhart Geophysical, headquartered in Denver, acquires seismic data on behalf of the petroleum industry to locate potential oil and natural gas reserves through the use of truck-mounted vibrators, cross-lined cables and data collection boxes to paint a 3D picture of the location and depth of mineral reserves below the surface.

The exploration site is located on Highway 394, east of Moffat County Road 33.

As part of its agreement with Moffat County, Lockhart will engage in "good faith" negotiations with landowners and pay a settlement for access to private property. The going rate is $5 per acre.

The commission also approved, 3-0, an access agreement with Lockhart to perform the same type of seismic data collection on an 11-acre strip of county-owned land located two miles south of the Craig-Moffat County Airport on County Road 33.

Lee Crawford, representing Lockhart Geophysical, said the company hopes to begin work on both projects by Aug. 1.

"We'll bring a crew of close to 30," Crawford said. "The job should only take 10 to 14 days to complete, excluding bad weather."

Crawford said crews would be working 12 to 14 hour shifts, so residences in close proximity to the work site are not disturbed.

"And we will be using your motels," Crawford said.

"Well, we sure appreciate that," commission chairman Tom Math-

ers said. "But, I've told Geokinetics in the past that they need to give their guys at least one day a week off because we get all this work in town and none of the merchants seem to see any of the dollars because they work so hard they just end up going back to the motel."

"I think you'll find in most cases that liquor store sales improve," Crawford said.

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