Oil and gas operator agreement available for public comment
21-day period allows feedback on requirements for proposed Extraction sites
After a full year of negotiations, the city has reached a draft Regional Operator Agreement (ROA) with Extraction Oil & Gas, LLC. The draft agreement is open for a three-week public comment period between July 9 and 29, allowing the public to submit feedback for consideration before the city decides whether to take official action.
The ROA sets requirements for the city and Extraction in the operation of Extraction’s eight proposed well pad sites in the city, but does not act as 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 city’s priorities throughout the process have been to minimize impacts and maximize protections for the community while respecting private property rights.
Staff will review feedback received during the comment period 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. Approval of the ROA would not provide Extraction with vested rights or an approval for drilling.
If an ROA is approved, a series of other permitting processes must occur before any new activity could begin in the city. These processes 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. The ROA is authorized in the city’s Land Development Code (Section 21-3216).
To review the draft ROA and submit written comments, or to learn more about oil and gas in Commerce City, visit www.c3gov.com/OilGas.
Written comments can also be submitted in person to the Community Development Department at the Commerce City Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Ave. Copies of the ROA are also available for public review at both the Bison Ridge and Eagle Pointe recreation centers.