Natural gas industry experts talk technology

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The local natural gas industry is expanding due to new technology and geological discoveries.

Industry experts said they have started drilling shale on the Western Slope in recent years, which scientists originally thought would not be fruitful.

Now nine companies are successfully drilling shale locally.

"All of them have had very strong results," said David Ludlam, of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. "So it's really been the last five years when we've determined that the Mancos Shale is going to be an important part of our economy in the future."

Ludlam also cites advancements in technology for the creation of safer communities near drill rigs.

"Recent technologies that we employed in the field to reduce air emissions, to reduce our impact on the surface, to reduce the amount of time it takes to drill a well," he said. "Technology has really been an important driver in reducing impacts to communities."

Ludlam predicts Western Colorado will also be critical in the future of the liquefied gas industry and will a some point start supplying this resource globally.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KKCO NBC 11 News
2531 Blichmann Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Station Phone: 970.243.1111
Business Fax: 970.243.1770
Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793
News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 227319231 -
Gray Television, Inc.