David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsApril 28, 20167min344

No one even remotely involved in natural gas production on Colorado’s Western Slope wants to continue to party like it’s 1999. Back then prices were below $2 per million British thermal units and there were just 94 well starts in Garfield County. Last year, prices continued to languish below $2 per million British thermal units (from a high of more than $13 in 2008), and there were only 173 well starts in Garfield County — the lowest number since 1999. Earlier this year, after draconian staffing cuts on both the Western Slope and Denver in 2015, the county’s biggest drilling company -— WPX Energy — sold all its Piceance Basin holdings.