Oil and Gas Well Being Investigated as Possible Cause of Firestone Home Explosion -- COGCC Hearing May 1 at 9:00 a.m. Click here for talking points for the COGCC meeting.

The following is provided for community informational purposes.
* http://kdvr.com/2017/04/26/anadarko-petroleum-closing-3000-wells-in-colorado-after-deadly-home-explosion/
* http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/over-3000-oil-wells-shuttered-after-firestone-home-explosion
* According to news media reports, investigators, including the local fire department and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) are investigating the potential possibility that a nearby vertical oil and gas well played a role in the home explosion in Firestone that took two lives, placed a Mountain Range science teacher in the ICU, and injured one child.
* Per news media reports on thedenverchannel.com, "Anadarko confirmed the company operates 3,000 units of an older-model vertical well. One such unit, drilled by a previous operator in 1993, is just 200 feet from the site where a home that recently exploded was recently built."
* The COGCC stated in the news media on April 26&27 that it has been investigating the home explosion since the day after it happened; COGCC is expected to make a statement today at 11:00 a.m.
Audio of the briefing will be live-streamed on the COGCC website: cogcc.state.co.us
* The next regularly scheduled meeting/hearing of the COGCC is on Monday, May 1 starting at 9:00 a.m., in Denver at COGCC offices. Public comment (usually limited to two minutes per person) will be permitted in the morning on May 1, following the commissioners' statements. An agenda for the meeting has not yet been posted, but will be posted at http://cogcc.state.co.us/reg.html#/hearings. Interested Colorado residents are welcome to attend and speak at the meeting. You are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited.
The Chancery Building
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 801
Denver, CO 80203
Parking in The Chancery Building.
* A go-fund-me account has been set up for the Martinez family at https://www.gofundme.com/mark-erin-and-family

Comments on Ivey Site, are due March 6, 2017 via e-mail to csimmons@adcogov.org

Read the comments submitted by ACCDAN and some examples of comments submitted by three individual citizens (comments(1)comments(2) , comments(3)) and a summary of how to submit your comments  to make it easier to submit your own comments on the proposed Ward Ivey Site 26-well oil and gas development. These are just provided for your use as a resource, please craft your own comments letter based on your individual opinions or copy items from whichever of the attached meet your needs, but please personalize your comments.

Permit Application, Request for Comments and additional information about the case can be found at https://www.adcogov.org/planning/currentcases

About the CDHPE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) published on February, 21, 2017.

Read the full CDHPE report

The CDPHE report concludes that the majority of listed studies do not confirm an immediate negative impact on human health, yet the reality is that there is a lack of studies pertaining to the dynamics of current drilling, namely large numbers of horizontal wells in densely populated areas. Until these studies are conducted, the jury is still out on health effects of oil and gas drilling on human health.

About the January 19th, 2017 community meeting:

More than 200 people attended our Community Voices Meeting on January 19th, 2017. See link to the information flyer as well as the slideshow that was presented at the meeting. Adams County also had a presentation at this meeting, click here to see it.

Updated questions and answers from the meeting.

Click here to find out how to get involved (flyer distributed at the meeting)

About the Ivey site:

COGCC hearing to increase the spacing unit for Ivey to permit 3 mile horizontal runs (increase from 1.5 miles) will be on March 20 at a tbd time and location. Notices will be mailed to people in the spacing area included in Exhibits A and B to the letter. Link to the letter (including exhibit A and B) sent by Ward Petroleum.


Sign a petition requesting that Ivey, Todd Creek and all other large-scale oil and gas projects be referred to the Adams County Board of Commissioners (our elected officials) for a vote public hearing.

We have received more than 1,000 signatures on the petition and sent a letter to Adams County submitting our signatures. If you have not signed the petition, we are still collecting signatures. Thanks.

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

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.


Why is your neighborhood a bad site for a large oil and gas facility. Read the comments we've received.

20 reasons why Wadley Farm is a bad site for a large oil and gas facility

Read our Vision for Rules on Large Oil and Gas Facility Siting


  • green lines: planned, permitted
  • light blue and orange lines: pending
  • purple lines: actual

For more detailed maps, check the COGCC website: http://cogcc.state.co.us/maps.html#/gisonline

Township Range: 1S68W and 1S67W

Check the active permit applications in Adame county (Scroll to the bottom of the list to the section on Oil and Gas AUSR Applications): https://www.adcogov.org/planning/currentcases

Check the Adams County weekly report on oil and gas development: http://www.adcogov.org/oil-and-gas-information