Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW

October 1, 2015


Media Contacts: Jennifer Gamble, 720-334-0709, Board Member/Media Relations,
                                      Jacky Kowalsky, 303-775-0124, ACCDAN President,

ACCDAN Issues Vision for Rules on Large Scale Oil and Gas Facility Siting
Group Anxiously Awaits Draft COGCC Rules


October 1, 2015, THORNTON, CO – Today, the non-profit organization Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW (ACCDAN) issued its position statement and vision for rules regarding the siting of large scale oil and gas facilities in Colorado neighborhoods. ACCDAN is now anxiously awaiting the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (COGCC) public release of its draft rules. The new rules are hoped to place more stringent restrictions on the siting of large scale oil and gas facilities within Colorado neighborhoods. ACCDAN stands ready to provide comments on the draft rules which were expected to be released this week.
“These rules are extremely important to the residents of Wadley Farms and our neighbors in the surrounding Thornton communities to protect our health, safety and quality of life which is now threatened by Synergy’s proposed siting of a 20-well facility literally right in the back yards of neighborhood homes,” said ACCDAN President Jacky Kowalsky. “We are extremely hopeful that the COGCC will establish rules to include expanded setback requirements of 1,500 feet, clarified definitions, and mandated public involvement.”
“ACCDAN firmly believes that large scale oil and gas facilities such as the one being proposed by Synergy for Wadley Farms do not belong in any neighborhood,” Kowalsky said. “ACCDAN’s top priority is to ensure that an alternative more suitable location is identified for this large industrial project. We are extremely appreciative of the efforts Adams County has made to protect the interest of its residents by requesting that Synergy conduct an alternative site analysis and postponing any further action on the proposed site until after the state rulemaking process is completed and new rules adopted.”
ACCDAN encourages community members to attend an October 6 study session from 10:30 am to noon at the Adams County Government Center in Adams County during which Synergy is expected to present information to Adams County Commissioners and county staff.
ACCDAN’s mission is to prevent the location of oil and gas developments near homes and neighborhoods in Adams County while still allowing for responsible extraction of oil and gas. ACCDAN was established on August 15, 2015, in response to Synergy’s proposal to drill 20 oil and gas wells at 140th Avenue and Franklin Street in the middle of a developed residential neighborhood known as Wadley Farms. In approximately six weeks, ACCDAN has grown from a handful of members to more than 400 supporters.
Synergy’s proposed 20-well site is located just 15 miles from downtown Denver and is surrounded on all four sides by the City of Thornton and the following neighboring communities: Hunters Glenn, Quail Valley, Fallbrook Farms, Cherrywood Park, Signal Creek, and York Crossing.

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