“Commerce City Mulls Fracking Projects as Drillers Knock on Denver’s Doorstep” – Westword

By Chase Woodruff  2/5/19  Westword

“On Monday, February 4, residents of several neighborhoods in north Commerce City pleaded with their city council not to move ahead with a proposal by Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas, which would drill up to 160 wells from six pads within or just outside the city limits (the company did not return our request for comment). Together with smaller proposals from two other operators, the plans call for a total of 220 wells to be drilled in and around fast-growing residential areas just north of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.”

“‘All we want them to do is postpone it,’ says Susan Noble of North Range Concerned Citizens, a community group formed to oppose the drilling plans. ‘If they go ahead and negotiate an agreement, it could supersede any changes at the state level.'”

“Commerce City isn’t the only municipality where drilling activity is gradually making its way toward Denver city limits. At least a dozen major projects are pending approval in Aurora and unincorporated Adams and Arapahoe counties, according to data from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The COGCC received applications for nearly a hundred wells in and around Aurora in January alone, including a 32-well project less than a mile northeast of Green Valley Ranch; it would be Aurora’s westernmost fracking site yet.”

Please review the rest of the article, including a map showing the pad sites in Commerce City and Aurora, at this link:

https://www.westword.com/news/commerce-city-mulls-fracking-projects-as-drillers-knock-on-denvers-doorstep-11216335