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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Standley Lake, Westminster Hills drilling permits withdrawn

UPDATE (Tuesday, Nov. 13): More Good News! The City of Westminster was informed by the Town of Superior that the permit application for Superior and one of the Rocky Flats permit applications has been withdrawn. See list of  links below to see which ones have closed and which one is still open for comment.

UPDATE (Tuesday, Nov. 13):  At their regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 12, Westminster City Council approved retaining a special oil and gas legal counsel, Phillip D. Barber, P.C., for work related to oil and gas matters on an as-needed basis.

Barber has extensive experience in oil and gas matters and brings Westminster needed support to evaluate oil and gas matters impacting the city.

The city’s decision to retain Barber comes after the city in late October learned that energy company Highlands Natural Resources Corp. had applied with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for permits to drill under Standley Lake and the Westminster Hills Dog Park.

Although these permits were withdrawn on Thursday, Nov. 8, it does not change the city’s commitment to remain fully engaged in this issue and continue to protect the interests of its citizens, its water supplies and open spaces.

There are still applications for drilling permits near Rocky Flats in Jefferson County that you can provide comments on.

Use these links to provide comments for each of the open permits near Rocky Flats.

West Denver 04-2S-70W Pad - UPDATE: Permit withdrawn
West Denver 09-2S-70W Pad - Comment by Nov. 25
West Denver 1-2S-70W Pad - UPDATE: Permit withdrawn

View all current applications.

UPDATE (Monday, Nov. 12): Both the Standley Lake and Dog Park wells are now shown as officially withdrawn on the COGCC website. Public comment has closed on these two sites and the wells have been removed from their mapping.

UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 8): Great News! The City of Westminster believes that the applicant has withdrawn their applications for drilling at Standley Lake and at the Westminster Hills Dog Park. We have not seen anything official on the COGCC website yet, but the media has been reporting official statements from the applicant confirming this. Thank you for sharing your comments on the COGCC website, we truly appreciate your commitment to preserving the quality of life in Westminster.

Wednesday, Nov. 7:

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is seeking public comment on recent applications for drilling permits in the areas near Standley Lake and the Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park.

The COGCC is the state agency responsible for reviewing and approving permit applications, not the City of Westminster. The city will always work to protect the interests of its citizens, its water supplies and open spaces.

If approved by the COGCC, the permits would allow drilling near and under the lake and dog park areas.

UPDATE: COGCC has extended the public comment period. 
Use the link below to comment on the Standley Lake permit by Thursday, Dec. 6. 
Use the link below to comment on the Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park permit by Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The public is encouraged to share their comments on these permit applications.

USE THE TWO LINKS BELOW TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO THE COGCC:
Share public comment to COGCC for permit to drill under Standley Lake 
Share public comment to COGCC for permit to drill under Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park

Westminster will always work to preserve and protect Standley Lake, which serves as a water supply for 300,000 people in the area. In addition the Standley Lake Regional Park serves as a vital wildlife refuge and is home to nesting bald eagles. Westminster Hills Off-Leash Dog Park is a 420-acre site attracting dog lovers from all over the north metro area.


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