Learn more about oil and gas at Dec. 6 open house
Members of the public are invited to an open house offering information about the new oil and gas development proposed to occur in Commerce City in the coming years. The open house is set for Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the community rooms at Bison Ridge Recreation Center, 13905 E. 112th Ave.
No formal presentation will be given, but a series of stations will provide details on a wide range of topics related to oil and gas activity.
City staff will share information on proposed well pad locations, measures the city will require to address health, safety and quality of life concerns, and the city’s oil and gas permitting process. Staff will also help answer questions and collect public comments from residents.
In addition to city staff, representatives from Extraction Oil & Gas will also be in attendance. Extraction is the operator applying to conduct most of the new oil and gas development being proposed within Commerce City. Personnel from Extraction Oil & Gas will explain their processes for extracting minerals and steps the company will take to mitigate impacts/safety concerns and meet regulatory requirements.
State regulations largely limit the city’s authority for regulating the industry to certain surface impacts, which will be discussed at the open house. The city cannot prohibit oil and gas operations outright, but has prioritized minimizing impacts and maximizing protections for residents related to all potential oil and gas-related activities.
Extraction and two other operators currently have oil and gas permit applications pending with the COGCC (the state regulatory body) for new drilling operations within Commerce City. In addition to having drilling permits approved by the state, Extraction must also apply for oil and gas permits with the city before any new operations can occur. The city and Extraction have been negotiating the terms of an operator agreement that sets protections and best management practices (BMPs) that would apply to each of the company’s new drilling locations in the city.
A draft of the BMP document is currently available for review on the oil and gas page (link below). Residents can comment on the draft BMPs and other topics at the open house.
For more information about how oil and gas is regulated in Colorado and updates specific to Commerce City, visit c3gov.com/OilGas.
Oil and Gas Open HouseThursday, Dec. 6
Bison Ridge Recreation Center community rooms
13905 E. 112th Avenue