Farmington: Gas well fence broke law

Farmington: Gas well fence broke law

There are 46 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Aug 12, 2009, titled Farmington: Gas well fence broke law. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

Two oil and gas companies allegedly allowed a fence to be built illegally around their natural gas wells, blocking a man from accessing his property.

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mtnbkr

Denver, CO

#44 Aug 13, 2009
Amanda wrote:
I work in the industry and Land Owners can be a real pain. Some are very easy to work with. We have gone to super stupid extremes to keep them happy. Only allowed in or out at certain times. Built special gates, and painted fences. Even heard somewhere up north they are fighting to have the location painted to look like a farm. Tanks to look like silos, buldings to look like barns. We bend over backwards for landowners. This matter could have been handled directly with the company and I am pretty sure the problem would have been addressed and fixed. Our "industry" provides so much for this community, donations and charities. We go to great lengths to have the least amount of impact to the environment. It just seems insane that we live in the Basin, and people still fight it and want to shut it down. This is SJC's livelyhood! My mom always said... " DONT BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU!"
I could not agree more. The biggest challenge for local "industry" is Prophet Obama, Lujan, Udall and Governor Richardson. The "trickle" effect is already starting to rear its ugly head.
No bad a bad responce

Houston, TX

#45 Aug 13, 2009
Innocent Bystander wrote:
Wow. What a train wreck this is.
While everyone is out there trying to white wash this with how much New Mexico owes the natural gas industry, most of you seem to be ignoring two things about the situation.
First, the fence was built illegally.
Second,(and this is a biggie), the illegally built fence did not allow the property owner to develop his property with appropriate access. I have a hard time understanding how most of you can come out in defense of the gas companies when a citizen's property rights are being trampled.
Lets take a look at the first fact. The fence was built illegally. There's no disputing that. I think it's great that the companies are trying to be good neighbors by building a fence that will enhance safety. However, I'm sure this is not the first fence that they've built. They know the procedures and requirements. Had they gone to the appropriate office and applied for a permit, we wouldn't be having this conversation. I'm sure P and Z would have identified the problem before the fence was built, and the fence would have been scaled back to allow appropriate access for the landowner.
Why did they cut corners? Who knows. It usually comes down to money.
How do we keep it from happening again? Well that's what the council needs to decide.
But the decision shouldn't be based on some perceived entitlement on the part of the gas companies.
There was already a fence there that had been there since before it was city property.

The Energy companies improved the fence to prevent anything from coming within 30' of natural gas containing equipment.

That means that this property (land-dirt,sage brush, ecx.-that hasn't even been zoned) had to accessed in the past by a road built by the companies and went right next to equipment.

They moved the fence out from around equipment to 30' from any equipment.

So, this land owner was going to have heavy construction equipment drive through a natural gas location. Isn't this 7 acres, this property isn't enclosed in a box canyon.

Your right, the city policy states that you must obtain a permit to expand a well site. I don't know but maybe they didn't know building a better fence around equipment that has been there for decades that encorporated blocking off their road into and right through their wellsite wouldn't fit into the permit requirements.

As far as the redneck comments: Yes their are alot of rednecks who work in the energy industry but the people running these companies are college educated business people. In the view of people in largest cities, all of us living in podunk Farmington are rednecks.

“Socialism leads to starvation”

Since: Jul 09

Aztec

#46 Aug 14, 2009
mtnbkr wrote:
<quoted text>I could not agree more. The biggest challenge for local "industry" is Prophet Obama, Lujan, Udall and Governor Richardson. The "trickle" effect is already starting to rear its ugly head.
Spot on to you and Amanda...... thanks.

“Socialism leads to starvation”

Since: Jul 09

Aztec

#47 Aug 14, 2009
No bad a bad responce wrote:
<quoted text>
There was already a fence there that had been there since before it was city property.
The Energy companies improved the fence to prevent anything from coming within 30' of natural gas containing equipment.
That means that this property (land-dirt,sage brush, ecx.-that hasn't even been zoned) had to accessed in the past by a road built by the companies and went right next to equipment.
They moved the fence out from around equipment to 30' from any equipment.
So, this land owner was going to have heavy construction equipment drive through a natural gas location. Isn't this 7 acres, this property isn't enclosed in a box canyon.
Your right, the city policy states that you must obtain a permit to expand a well site. I don't know but maybe they didn't know building a better fence around equipment that has been there for decades that encorporated blocking off their road into and right through their wellsite wouldn't fit into the permit requirements.
As far as the redneck comments: Yes their are alot of rednecks who work in the energy industry but the people running these companies are college educated business people. In the view of people in largest cities, all of us living in podunk Farmington are rednecks.
I can not blame the producers from limiting their liability. They built on an existing fence line and boundry and the land owner was compensated for said land damages.
They were forced to build a fence becuase of a bogus lawsuit brought on by redneck parents profitting from the ignorant judgement of 2 crackheaded offspring.
Remember the Lawsuit against Energen that Titus grifted to be heard in Santa Fe? It was a $14,000,000
settlement rewarding ignorance.
With out saying, the producers have no choice but to build these fences to prevent near criminal litigation.
Good luck all, and I pity the snivelers that will eventually get their wish, the local economic conditions of 1986.
History

Albuquerque, NM

#48 Aug 15, 2009
I own property next to a well site. XTO services it. For seven years XTO has been very cooperative. I went to the manager, asked to move a fence, I did offer to pay for it to be moved, and added gates they apparently haven't needed to use. Also, they don't run loud equipment during my peak business hours. Couldn't work with a better bunch of people or company.
Jed Clampett

United States

#49 Aug 15, 2009
I love George Sharpes comment of it just being an "oversight" on the part of the company in their construction of the fence.
Couldn't be a more biased comment coming from George "I work for Merrion Oil" Sharpe. Right along the lines of his stance about the neighborhood well in Westland Park. How about putting a few wells in your neighborhood George or would your neighbors disapprove.

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