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Matthew Holman, a project lead for Shell Exploration & Production Company, speaks Monday with the Moffat County Commission and other county officials about Shell’s oil drilling interest in the area. Holman said the company plans to drill seven to 12 exploratory wells near Hamilton and other areas to test the local portions of a geological layer, called the Niobrara formation, during the summer.

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Oil company planning to drill exploratory wells in Moffat County

Shell Exploration & Production Company meets with county officials Monday

Matthew Holman, a project lead for Shell Exploration & Production Company, sat Monday in a room of Moffat County officials with a map of Northwest Colorado spread out on the table. “You don’t find too many areas like this on Mother Earth,” he said looking at the map.

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