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Commerce City seeking public comment on proposed drilling

They've reached an agreement that would set the rules for the proposed sites. The approval of drilling would come through a separate permitting process.
Credit: 9NEWS

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Commerce City officials are seeking public comment after reaching a Regional Operator Agreement (ROA) agreement with an oil and gas company for eight proposed well pads within the city, a release from the city said.

The city reached the ROA with Extraction Oil & Gas, LLC after a year of negotiations. The ROA sets requirements for the city and Extraction for the operation of Extraction’s proposed sites, but is not an approval for drilling.

The ROA includes Best Management Practices (BMPs) designed to address health, safety, quality of life and environmental concerns. The BMPs cover categories such as air and water quality, noise, traffic reduction, inspections, emergency management, and many other topics.

The draft agreement is open for a three-week public comment period between July 9 and 29.

Staff will review feedback and determine what steps to take going forward. Potential next steps could be to extend the comment period, resume negotiations to modify the ROA, or approve or reject the current version, according to the city.

Even if approved, the ROA would not provide Extraction with vested rights or an approval for drilling, the city said. A series of other permitting processes must occur before any new activity could begin in the city. 

Those would likely take until sometime in 2020 to complete and include rezoning, obtaining city oil and gas permits, obtaining conditional use permits for pipelines, and the state permitting process, according to the city.

Click/tap here to review the draft ROA and submit written comments

Written comments can also be submitted in person to the Community Development Department at the Commerce City Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Avenue.

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