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City issues seismic testing permit

Post Date:11/30/2018 3:38 PM

Tom Hacker, public information officer, City of Loveland
970-962-2302 office, 970-800-1814 cell,

Jennifer Brice, corporate communications manager, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

A geological survey company working under contract with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has secured a City permit to conduct a seismic study covering portions of east Loveland.

The survey work by Brighton-based Seismic Acquisition Services will be conducted over a 15-day period beginning Nov. 30 and continuing through the first two weeks of December. Residents in areas where the survey work is planned will be notified via notices placed on doors 48 hours prior to testing.

The work the company will do is similar to a seismic survey completed in 2013 covering the Centerra development, including residential properties in the High Plains Village subdivision. That survey was also under contract with Anadarko.

Seismic surveys begin with placement of instruments called geophones at ground level at selected locations. Specialized “vibroseis” trucks then sweep through the study zone. The trucks emit very low frequency vibrations that bounce off geologic structures deep underground and are recorded by the geophone sensors. The process yields images of underground mineral deposits.

The routes the trucks will follow will be determined after the geophones are placed in Loveland locations Dec. 2. Once residents are notified, trucks will appear about Dec. 5 and travel through the study zone until the survey is completed.

The seismic study does not signal that Anadarko will pursue development of petroleum resources within Loveland. Seismic surveys are common practices in regions where petroleum resources are located.

The City has a long-standing relationship with Anadarko, regarded as one of the cleanest and safest among Colorado petroleum producers according to state regulatory records.

For two years beginning in 2014, Anadarko consulted with City officials during the process of drafting permit standards for oil and natural gas companies proposing to operate in Loveland. The standards allow expedited permits for producers that adhere to a stringent set of environmental and other conditions for their operations.