Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW
October 8, 2015
Media Contacts: Jennifer Gamble, 720-334-0709, Board Member/Media Relations, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacky Kowalsky, 303-775-0124, ACCDAN President, email@example.com
ACCDAN Blasts COGCC Draft Rules as Non-Protective of Colorado Neighborhoods
Group Shocked by Utter Lack of Tangible Requirements
SEE ATTACHED POSITION AND VISION STATEMENT
October 8, 2015, THORNTON, CO – Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW (ACCDAN) is extremely disappointed in the Draft Rules to Implement the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force Recommendation Nos. 17 and 20 issued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) late on October 6.
“We are extremely disappointed. After working with the county and the operator to postpone siting negotiations until after the new COGCC rules were implemented, we now discover the draft rules offer those of us in Wadley Farms no protection whatsoever,” ACCDAN Board President Jacky Kowalsky said today. “These rules contain no additional minimum setback for oil and gas wells drilled within neighborhoods, they contain no additional required mitigations for wells in neighborhoods and they provide no voice in the process for the people who will have to live with large oil and gas facilities in their backyard.”
In addition, ACCDAN is concerned that the draft rules appear to intentionally exclude counties (such as Adams County) from the new rules that require oil and gas operators to inform cities, but not counties, of their five-year plans for the area. “We are amazed that the COGCC appears to be working to deny counties the ability to do comprehensive planning with the oil and gas industry.”
ACCDAN is particularly concerned that Synergy’s 20-well industrial oil and gas well facility proposed for a site at 140th Avenue and Franklin Street in the middle of a residential neighborhood surrounded by Thornton has just been given “the green light” with the new state rulemaking, Kowalsky said. “This site is one of the most egregious examples of a huge oil and gas facility in a neighborhood in Colorado, and these draft rules do nothing to protect us. The potential precedent this location sets for Colorado has long-term ramifications for not only our community, but the entire state.”
“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. “The intention of the Task Force recommendation was to require operators to look for locations away from homes and neighborhoods. These draft rules would essentially allow them to drill anywhere they want – without regard for the needs of the community.”
ACCDAN encourages community members to attend the COGCC stakeholder meetings and voice your concerns:
• First: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm
• Second: Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm
• Third: Friday, October 16, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm
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 grew 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.
For information, find us at www.accdan.org or contact the media contacts listed on news release.