By Lucas High
GREELEY — A Texas oil and gas firm that bought 17,000 acres of agricultural land in eastern Weld County for $29 million last year is planning to build a natural gas compressor station on a 20-acre site within that parcel. Cureton Midstream LLC, a Denver oil and gas transportation and processing infrastructure firm, is planning to build the facility on behalf of the property owner Black Mountain Land Co. LP, an affiliate of Fort Worth-based Black Mountain Oil and Gas LLC. “This facility will compress raw low pressure natural gas so that it can be transported to a downstream facility for further processing. Natural gas will enter and exit the facility via steel pipelines,” according to planning documents filed with Weld County. “The compressor station will also have separation and filtration equipment that will remove water, condensate and other impurities from the natural gas stream.” Equipment on the site, which is proposed to be built in a single phase, “will include combustors, launchers, receivers, pumps, tanks, catchers and separators, a temporary construction trailer and conex storage units,” development application documents show. The station would be unmanned and in operation around the clock. The compressor station application is scheduled next month for review by the Weld County Planning Commission. Cureton estimates the facility, known as When the Black Creek Compressor Station, will take four to six months to complete, public documents show. Representatives for Cureton and Black Mountain did not immediately respond to requests for comment. According to documents submitted to the county, the area where the facility is planned to be built has existing oil and gas operations. The closest residential properties are more than a mile away. “The applicant understands that being a good neighbor is a best practice,” the development application says. “In siting this facility, noise, air quality and lighting were considered.”
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