Amid concern, company alters drilling plan north of Denver

Posted at 3:57 PM, Apr 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-01 17:57:26-04

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — An oil developer has moved future drilling sites away from homes and flood zones in an area north of Denver.

Denver-based Crestone Peak Resources has filed revised plans with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports Crestone plans to drill up to 140 wells from six pads on a 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometer) piece of land just south of Longmont.

The company has reduced the number of wells and well pads in its plan in response to public concerns.

Crestone spokesman Jason Oates says the new sites will probably be about 1,500 feet (460 meters) from the nearest home.

Local homeowner Tamie Taylor says the changes are an improvement but one well is still too close for comfort.

The commission could approve the plan in late July.