Inside The Boom Part 2


Underneath the Western Slope lies one of the largest reserves of natural gas and oil shale in the United States and despite concerns, drilling will continue.

Lessons from the past have been learned, particularly when it comes to protection and safety.

Just from a technology side, there's been huge strides taken, rigs that are fully computerized are common and these rigs also cut down on drilling time, have fewer emissions and drilling techniques have also become safer.

But there's always a danger, with fires raising the most concern.

Most industrial fire fighting agencies are based in Texas and in the past this greatly hindered response time.

"It takes 12 hours to get a crew up here and another 12 to get equipment in, so a lot of damage can happen in that time," On-Site Safety Manager Jordan Helm said.

On–Site Safety Inc., a company out of Houston, TX is now in Silt and specializes in energy field fire suppression.

The mobile fire units are equipped with special environmentally friendly chemical foams that blanket flames and cause minimal impacts to drilling operations and the company has partnered up with several energy developers to teach crews the basics of prevention.

Western Coloradans have voiced concerns over the potential environmental impacts of drilling and say On–Site's presence in Silt is a sign their voices have been heard.

"I think it's very important that the company decided to be based in Silt, where there's many rigs," Western Colorado Congress member Peggy Rawlins said.

Along with On–Site's mobile fire units, energy companies themselves,
have also stepped up their efforts.

"H+P preaches safety, Williams too, if you're not safe you can't work out here," rig worker Jeremiah Mize said.

Along with an availability to drilling sites, On–Site can also assist the small volunteer fire departments in the area, having the capability to assist medically and the added ability to handle a haz mat situation in any location.


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