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Anadarko plan decelerates drilling temporarily

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Mary Bernard – Vernal Express

The rumors have been everywhere that the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation would reduce staffing in the Uintah Basin.

Not so, says Jeff Duncan, Anadarko Midstream Production Superintendent.

Anadarko, a financial anchor in the community, rarely responds to rumors, Duncan says, but the uncertainty this round causes requires clarification.

“We’re not going anywhere. We have 240 employees and we’re not planning on reducing any staff whatsoever,” he said.

Drilling activity in the near-term however will decelerate, “dropping the three drilling rigs in their field to one for the balance of 2014,” he said.

Rigs in the past have numbered as many as eight.

The deceleration plan will continue through the end of the year, accelerating with the return of the rigs in April and May.

It’s a decision that will affect Anadarko’s vendors, contractors and communities throughout the Basin.

The slow down is company-wide and does not simply target the Rocky Mountain assets of Anadarko. (…)

To read more, please visit the Vernal Express.