Monday, February 25, 2008

Oli boom's sights redirected

By Landon
De Beque- This desolate Colorado cattle town is in line to become the next Westerm Slope oil-and-gas boomtown.With Chevron to the north and EnCana to the east, town officials are getting ready for a development rush seen by the likes of Battlement Mesa and Parachute.Some are welcoming this boost, but others feel that the town will lose its historic character. The surge of activity has already pulverized a bridge crossing the Colorado River which will require a 1.6 million dollar upgrade.They are already planning the installation of more gas stations and restaurants. Schlumberger, the world's largest oil-field-services company, said last week that it will be acquiring avout 375 acres across the interstate for a center of operation. The town will face a tough battle. the development of this boom will decrease the area for building homes and the real-estate business will have to cram homes together for the same profit. This town's community only consists of a small convenience store with one gas pump, a bar and liquor store, and a hair salon. The people just don't know if they are ready.

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