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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

City retains oil and gas attorney

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Although these permits were withdrawn on Thursday, Nov. 8, it does not change the city’s commitment to remain fully engaged in this issue and continue to protect the interests of its citizens, its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

Standley Lake 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 Dog Park is a 420-acre open space jewel, attracting dog lovers from all over the north metro area.

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the Town of Superior that the permit application for Superior and one of the Rocky Flats permit applications has been withdrawn.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.

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

West Denver 04-2S-70W Pad - Permit withdrawn
West Denver 09-2S-70W Pad - Permit withdrawn
West Denver 1-2S-70W Pad - Permit withdrawn

View all current applications.

Please visit the city’s website for additional information.

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