Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability Now (ACCDAN) fully supports the ballot initiative effort proposed by Colorado Rising. Large scale oil and gas operations do not belong in our neighborhoods or near our schools.
About ACCDAN: Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW (ACCDAN) is a Colorado non-profit organization whose mission is to provide community education, public information and increased awareness regarding the potential impact of large scale oil and gas development on neighborhoods in Adams County. Example of education initiatives will include increased setbacks, greater safety, health, environmental, water quality and quality of life protections; while still allowing for responsible extraction of oil and gas." Our current focus is on the multiple large-scale oil and gas developments being permitted in Adams County. ACCDAN has applied for a federal non-profit status as a (501(c)(3) educational organization in July 2016.
Map of pending and permitted large wellpads in Northwest Adams County (as of November 2017)
About the Wadley Farms site
In 2015, Synergy Resources Corporation was planning an industrial size oil and gas drilling facility in the middle of Wadley Farms, a quiet neighborhood located in the middle of the fast growing, highly populated North Thornton suburbs between 136th Ave and 144th Ave and Washington and York.
As of August 2016, Synergy has also sold multiple holdings including the Ivey and Wadley sites and associated horizontal drilling mineral rights to Ward Petroleum Corporation (Ward). This sale also included the land for the 35 acre site located in Wadley Farms. Ward has a signed Memorandum of Understanding for drilling in Adams County. Ward has a partnership with Trilantic Capital Partners. Ward is an Oklahoma company with offices in Fort Collins, CO. ACCDAN is assessing the potential impacts of these ownership changes.
The proposed multi well pad site may contain up to 20 wells and as many as 50 large storage tanks along with other industrial equipment. The site would be approximatively 500 feet away from several homes in Wadley Farms. About 30 homes would be within 1000 feet of the wells. All the other homes in Wadley Farms, the Adams 12 Rocky Top Middle school, the Northern Lights Ball Fields and more than 150 homes from the adjacent neighborhoods of Cherrywood Park and Hunters Glen would be within a half mile radius.
These neighborhoods could be facing increased health, safety, traffic and noise issues in the near future.
This site is not suitable for such a big industrial operation and other locations should be considered.