DENVER, Colo., July 6, 2018 — Beginning in early July, Black Hills Energy will perform general and scheduled maintenance on three storage wells at the Wolf Creek Storage Field in Garfield County, Colorado. Equipment, including a workover rig, will be brought to the site once winter snow has melted and the roads are dry for transport, accessing the wells in early July or as conditions permit. Maintenance activities, including downhole well inspections and maintenance, are expected to last 30 days.
Black Hills Energy operates seven wells in the storage field, and is committed to operating the field safely and responsibly in the ecologically diverse area in which it is located. This includes the use of technologically advanced equipment, as well as constant monitoring, routine maintenance and regular testing of the system. Many of the safety measures that Black Hills Energy proactively installed at Wolf Creek were later adopted as part of the Department of Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) rules to addressing safety at underground storage wells in December of 2016.
Maintenance work will take place at existing well sites and will not impact the general surroundings or the ability of the public to recreate in the surrounding area. For their safety, members of the public should not approach any of the storage facilities or maintenance equipment. A slight increase of truck traffic on 4 Mile Road and 300 Road is anticipated during the work, but will have minimal impacts to public.
Wolf Creek Storage Field
Wolf Creek Storage Field is a depleted gas field that is now used as underground natural gas storage to serve Black Hills Energy customers in the Roaring Fork Valleys. Natural gas is injected into the field during the summer and extracted during high demand winter months for use by natural gas customers in the region.