Lawsuit claims new oil and gas wells will be too close to Weld County school

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Environmental advocacy groups and the NAACP’s Colorado chapter have filed a suit over an oil and gas site they say is too close to a school near Greeley that has a large population of poor and minority students.

The suite was filed Tuesday in Denver District Court against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) by Weld Air and Water, the Sierra Club, the NAACP’s Colorado chapter and Wall of Women, a group that described itself in the lawsuit as a grassroots environmental advocacy group advocating to protect the earth for future generations.

The suit claims the COGCC erred in granting approval to Denver’s Extraction Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: XOG) to put a 24-well site, called the Vetting 15-H Well Pad and Vetting Facility, 1,350 feet from the walls of Bella Romero Middle School in Weld County, just outside the Greeley city boundary.

The groups said they believe the site is too close to the school itself as well as the playgrounds and athletic fields — which are between the school and the wellsite.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2ovzQsE

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