November 28, 2022

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250 Colorado wells orphaned when 1 gas gathering system shut off

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Vic Behrens drives the dusty, dirt roads of Adams and Arapahoe counties looking after other people’s oil wells. Behrens used to have his own wells but his business ran aground and his wells ended up in the state’s orphan well program.

Behrens was also left with a $165,000 tab to repay to his bonding company, so now he serves as a “pumper,” checking the oil tanks at wells and when they are full, pumping them into a tanker truck to take to market.

“I wanted to retire the first of the year,” said Behrens, 75, “but I am still here.”

The stroke that set Behrens Resources LLC asunder was the 2018 move by Anadarko Petroleum to shut down the Third Creek gathering system, a network of small pipelines that collected natural gas from wells in Adams, Arapaho,…

Mark Jaffe

2022-09-26 03:52:00

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