Boulder County to oppose new drilling applications – Colorado News

Boulder County to oppose new drilling applications – Colorado News

BOULDER – An oil and gas company has filed paperwork with the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to begin exploring for oil and gas in two unincorporated areas of the county.

Boulder County commissioners were informed of the applications Wednesday night, according to a report in the Longmont Times-Call.

One of the sites, county officials said in a news release, is a 1,280-acre area between Arapahoe and Baseline roads, at the far eastern edge of the county along East County Line Road.

The second site is a 2,720-acre area between Oxford and Quail roads, also along East County Line Road, the newspaper reported.

“As proposed, these operations would have significant and massive impacts on residents on the east sides of Lafayette and Longmont, around Erie, and in the unincorporated areas of east Boulder County,” Boulder County Commissioners Deb Gardner, Cindy Domenico and Elise Jones said in a joint statement.

The filings with the state agency came from 8 North LLC, a subsidiary of Extraction Oil and Gas LLC. The applications are the first step in the state permitting process.

Commissioners expressed concern over the applications.

“The company has not directly communicated to Boulder County about their plans,” county officials said in their news release, adding that the county “is very concerned” about the development contemplated in 8 North’s applications.

Boulder County will oppose the company’s drilling and spacing applications when they come up for a yet-to-be-scheduled Colorado Oil and Gas Commission hearing.


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