A natural gas utility that serves customers in the region and operates the Wolf Creek gas storage unit on the White River National Forest west of Carbondale said that it has been making significant upgrades to the decades-old facility and that it does not pose a risk for major leaks.

Black Hills Energy responded to claims by the Carbondale-based environmental group Wilderness Workshop earlier this week that the storage field contains “old and leaky wells” that could be compromised by adding a more powerful compressor to the nearby Crystal River Compressor Station.

To the contrary, according to Mitch Pebley, senior operations manager for Black Hills subsidiary Rocky Mountain Natural Gas, the utility has taken a “proactive approach” to upgrading the Wolf Creek facility over the past seven years following a 2009 well fire.

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