Garco OKs gas-field housing camp
December 5, 2006
Williams Production got a green light from Garfield County commissioners Monday to build a temporary employee housing camp 55 miles north of Rifle in the Piceance Basin. The company, one of the largest producers of natural gas in the county, also helped the county craft zoning regulations governing the so-called mancamps, which it adopted last month.Williams will locate its camp on 17,000 acres of Chevron USA land, part of which it leases for natural gas development. While the camp and adjacent drilling area are only about 20 miles as the crow flies from the company’s headquarters in Parachute, no roads lead directly there. Rather, workers must travel about an hour and a half – east to Rifle, northwest on Highway 13, and west on the Piceance Creek Road – to access the area.In applying for the permit, Williams has said the remote camp provides a place for workers to live during their work week without having to travel a long distance.Six modular houses to be installed on the site of a Williams well pad will house 24 workers. Amenities will include food and laundry service as well as a lounge and recreation room.In all, the modulars will disturb less than a half acre and cover about 10,000 square feet, said county planner David Pesnichak.The camp will also conform to the new county regulations, which require an individual sewage disposal system. Drinking water will be hauled in weekly. The camp also must provide monthly reports on water quality testing to the county.As a condition of special-use permit approval, Commissioner Larry McCown said, “We want random county inspections.”Commissioner Trési Houpt agreed.”This is very important. This is a new thing, and I think people will be watching very closely,” she said.Williams representative Phil Vaughn said the company “wanted it done right. This is not a frat house … It will be done correctly.”The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.