Oil & Gas Application Activity

Oil and gas operators are required to obtain a series of permits from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC – state regulatory agency) AND from the city before conducting operations in Commerce City. Listed below are pending applications for new activity within Commerce City boundaries.

For more general information about oil and gas development in Commerce City and how residents can stay updated, visit the Oil & Gas Operations page.

City Oil & Gas Permit Applications

The city has not received any applications for oil and gas permits and no applications are currently pending city approval.

Current COGCC Applications

Applications are currently pending with the COGCC regarding potential drilling locations in the city. These applications cover different phases of the permitting process.

Map of currently pending applications (updated Feb. 26, 2019)

  • Spacing applications are indicated by colored boxes and include a COGCC docket number
  • Form 2 and Form 2A applications are marked by green dots with a specific location name

Descriptions of these different application types can be found below, along with information and links about the public comment process for each. To find more information on a specific location or application, we suggest these steps:

  1. On the PDF map above, find the docket number (spacing application) and/or location name (Form 2 or Form 2A) for the location in question.
  2. Reference that location on the list of different application types below.
  3. For spacing applications, use the assigned docket number to find the application on the COGCC Hearing Docket.
  4. For Form 2 or Form 2A applications, follow the link with the location name to a specific page with information about the site, including a public comment link.

For a more detailed and complete map of all oil and gas activity in the state, including local application sites, visit the COGCC website.

Drilling and Spacing Unit Order Application (aka spacing application)

A spacing application identifies a broad section of land where horizontal drilling could potentially occur and sets a maximum number of wellheads for that section. This application does not allow an operator to start drilling, as further processes are required by the COGCC and by the city.

The above map of currently pending applications identifies spacing applications with large, color-coded boxes accompanied by a nine-digit docket number and operator name. For more information about specific spacing applications, visit the COGCC Hearings page. Once the docket for an upcoming hearing is posted, you can find the docket number on the docket links for that hearing. The next scheduled hearings are set for March 11 and 12.

COGCC Public Hearing Comment Process

Form 2 (aka Application for Permit to Drill or APD)

This application provides information regarding each individual wellbore and its construction. This information typically includes the surface and bottom hole location, the casing and cementing of each wellbore. 

The following Form 2 applications for locations within Commerce City limits are currently under review by the COGCC:

Location Name          Township/
Range*
Section*  Comment
Deadline
Operator
 Blue Jay - on hold  2S 66W  3  (4/12)  Extraction Oil & Gas
 Owl - on hold  2S 66W  3   (4/18)  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Condor - on hold  2S 66W  23  (4/25)  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Red Tail - on hold  2S 66W   3   (5/14)  Extraction Oil & Gas  
 Antelope - pending  2S 67W  11  (5/16)  Petro Operating, LLC
 Falcon - on hold  2S 66W  3  (5/21)  Extraction Oil & Gas
 Kestral - on hold  2S 66W   3   (5/21)  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Jacobson - on hold  2S 67W  12  (6/20)  Great Western Operating
 Oriole/Hawk - on hold  2S 67W   1 and 12  (9/05)  Extraction Oil & Gas 
Indicated by green dots on the map of currently pending well locations linked above

"Township, Range and Section are terms used by COGCC to identify land parcels 

Note: At the city's request, all Form 2 applications except that of the Antelope location are currently on hold. 

How to submit public comments on pending Form 2 and 2A applications 

Form 2A 

This application process determines the specific surface location for well pad sites. The city has been notified of the following Form 2A applications submitted to the COGCC for locations in Commerce City: 

Location Name Township/
Range*
Section*  Comment
Deadline 
Operator 
 Condor Pad - on hold  2S  66W  23   (4/25)
 Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Blue Jay Pad - on hold  2S  66W  3  (5/27)  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Antelope Pad^ - pending  2S  67W  11  (5/31)  Petro Operating, LLC
 Falcon Pad - on hold  2S  66W  3  (6/09)  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Jacobson MD Pad - on hold  2S 66W  12  (7/04)  Great Western Operating
 Red Tail Pad - on hold  2S 66W  3  (7/11)  Extraction Oil & Gas
 Harlo Pad - on hold  2S 67W  12  (9/15)  Extraction Oil & Gas

Locations indicated by green dots on the above PDF map of active COGCC applications.
"Township, Range and Section are terms used by COGCC to identify land parcels 

Note: All Form 2A applications except that of the Antelope Pad are currently on hold. Commerce City has requested a second public comment period for ALL current Form 2A applications in the city. We will update this page with new information if/when those comment periods are granted and their time frames have been determined.

^The city sent a formal comment letter to the COGCC in response to the Antelope Pad Form 2A application, stating the city's serious concerns with this proposed location. View the Antelope Pad comment letter

Other Related Activity

June 26 – July 3, 2018
Extraction Oil & Gas plugged and sealed an existing well south of E. 96th Avenue and west of Tower Road (Well Name: Box Elder Farms 31-21-2, see the location on a map). As part of this process, city regulations require the operator to fully restore the site to its previous state with re-seeding and other reclamation efforts.

The rig structure was in place for roughly one week to complete this work. Equipment on the site may have resembled a drilling rig, but was present only to plug and seal the well site.  

April 18-25, 2018
Extraction Oil & Gas plugged and abandoned an existing well site south of E. 96th Avenue and west of Tower Road. The rig structure was in place for less than one week. The equipment in place may have resembled a drilling rig structure, but was being used only to plug and seal the well site. 

As part of this process, city regulations require Extraction Oil & Gas to fully restore the site to its previous state once this operation is complete.