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 information on the city's process of updating oil and gas regulations or the Regional Operator Agreement with Extraction Oil & Gas, visit the Oil & Gas Operations page.

City Oil & Gas Permit Applications

The following oil and gas permit applications have been submitted to the city and are currently pending city approval:

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SITE NAME/OPERATOR  

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS STATUS LOCATION

Condor

Extraction Oil & Gas

Description/Schedule/Site Plan COMPLETENESS
REVIEW^
Just west of E-470 between
E. 88th and E. 96th Avenues
Pelican
Extraction Oil & Gas
Description/Schedule/Site Plan PENDING East of E-470 between
E. 96th and E. 104th Avenues
Heron
Extraction Oil & Gas
Description/Schedule/Site Plan PENDING North side of E. 96th Avenue
west of Potomac Street 
Blue Jay
Extraction Oil & Gas
Description/Schedule/Site Plan PENDING North of E. 112th Avenue, just
west of Himalaya Road

Owl
Extraction Oil & Gas

Description/Schedule/Site Plan PENDING

Northeast of E.112th Avenue

and Tower Road near E-470

Falcon
Extraction Oil & Gas
Description/Schedule/Site Plan PENDING

Northeast of E.112th Avenue

and Tower Road near E-470

Harlo*
Extraction Oil & Gas
Description/Schedule/Site Plan PENDING Between I-76 and Highway 2
near E. 112th Avenue 
Anteater*
(formerly Jacobson)
Extraction Oil & Gas
Description/Schedule/Site Plan PENDING Between I-76 and Highway 2
near E. 112th Avenue 

Permit applications submitted to the city are reviewed for completeness. If deemed complete, they are routed through the city's internal review process.

^The permit application for the Condor site was initially deemed complete, but later found to be missing some of the needed documentation. As a result, the submittal has been deemed not complete and will not be processed until all necessary materials are received. Read more in the City Manager Update for Jan. 6, 2020. 

*The terms of the Regional Operator Agreement with Extraction allow one of these sites to be permitted by the city, but not both.

While city oil and gas permits are approved administratively and not by city council, all of the applications listed above require some level of city council approval, either through a rezoning or conditional use permit process. Upcoming city council cases include:

Case Z-953-18-20
The owner of the property for the proposed Condor site is requesting approval of a replacement PUD Zone Document to allow for various uses, including residential, commercial, parks and schools, office/flex, and subsurface extraction of oil and gas. Approval of the updated PUD Zone Document would make oil and gas an allowed use on the property, but would not approve the oil and gas permit for the Condor well pad (permit approval is a separate process involving additional public comment opportunities).

This case is scheduled for the following public hearings (schedules subject to change):

  • Planning Commission
    Tuesday, Jan. 14   6 p.m. 
    Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the updated zoning.
  • City Council
    Monday, Feb. 3   6 p.m.   
    Commerce City Civic Center
    7887 E. 60th Ave.

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.

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Map of currently pending applications (updated May 15, 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 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 applications 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 local application sites and all oil and gas activity in the state, 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.

Spacing applications are indicated on the map above by large, colored boxes accompanied by a nine-digit docket number. For more information about specific spacing applications, visit the COGCC Hearings page and find the docket number on the hearing agenda matching the specific spacing application in question.

DOCKET NO. TOWNSHIP/
RANGE*
SECTIONS* status OPERATOR
180300262 2S 67W 10, 11 approved Petro Operating, LLC
180400300 2S 66W 21, 22, 23 approved Extraction Oil & Gas
180400284 2S 66W 26, 27, 28 approved Extraction Oil & Gas
180700524 1S 66W 32, 33 approved Great Western Operating
190300473
2S 66W 3, 4, 5 pending Extraction Oil & Gas
190300474 2S 66W 7, 8 pending
Extraction Oil & Gas
190300475 2S 67W 12, 13 pending Extraction Oil & Gas
190300476 2S 66W 9, 10 pending Extraction Oil & Gas
190300230 2S 66W 15, 16 consent agenda Extraction Oil & Gas
  1S 66W  22, 27, 34  consent agenda  
 190600410 2S 67W 1, 2 pending Great Western Operating

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

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:

site Name         Township/
Range*
Section*  Comment
Deadline/status
Operator
 Blue Jay  2S 66W  3  4/12/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas
 Owl  2S 66W  3   4/18/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Condor  2S 66W  23  4/25/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Red Tail  2S 66W   3   5/14/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas  
 Antelope  2S 67W  11  5/16/18 - pending  Petro Operating, LLC
 Falcon  2S 66W  3  5/21/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas
 Kestral  2S 66W   3   5/21/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Jacobson  2S 67W  12  6/20/18 - on hold  Great Western Operating
 Oriole/Hawk  2S 67W   1 and 12  9/05/18 - on hold  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: At the city's request, all Form 2 applications submitted by Extraction Oil & Gas 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: 

site Name Township/
Range*
Section*  Comment
Deadline/status 
Operator 
 Condor Pad  2S  66W  23   4/25/18 - on hold
 Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Blue Jay Pad  2S  66W  3  5/27/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Antelope Pad^  2S  67W  11  5/31/18 - pending  Petro Operating, LLC
 Falcon Pad  2S  66W  3  6/09/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas 
 Jacobson MD Pad  2S 66W  12  7/04/18 - on hold  Great Western Operating
 Red Tail Pad  2S 66W  3  7/11/18 - on hold  Extraction Oil & Gas
 Harlo Pad  2S 67W  12  9/15/18 - on hold  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 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

August 28, 2019
McCartney Engineering, LLC is in the process of plugging four shut-in wells just east of Reunion. This process involves using a large overwork rig to cap the wells and remove all associated equipment. Additional work is being done to remove surface equipment, flowlines, and to remove the surface casing 16’ below grade. Work should be occurring over the next two weeks, with an anticipated end date of Sept. 4, 2019. Any questions regarding the operations can be directed to Jack McCartney at 303-830-7208.

View map here.

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.

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