Twenty Reasons Why Wadley Farms (WF) is a Bad Site for a Large Scale Oil and Gas Facility
This document lists 20 concerns of WF’s residents regarding Synergy Resources Corporation (Synergy)’s proposal to establish a large scale oil and gas facility of 20 wells in the middle of the WF community.
- 1 - WF is a residential community with over 120 families and their homes.
- 2 - WF is not an industrial site.
- 3 - The minerals that are driving this proposal are underneath Section 26, not underneath WF (Section 23). The minerals underneath WF have been actively harvested over the past 20 years or more. Residents of WF are being asked to bear the associated surface access costs and risks for subsurface rights in neighboring sections located in Thornton. Regardless of how diligent lot owners in WF were when purchasing their homes, they could not have foreseen this burden.
- 4 - The proposed facility will turn a residential community into an oil and gas industrial complex, disrupting day to day living conditions and creating industrial related environmental, safety, health and financial impacts for the families living in the community.
- 5 - Homes and schools are too close:
- Less than 500 feet away is a property/home with 10 family members, 4 of which have special needs with limited mobility and requirements of extra protection from noise and stimulation.
- There are 29 homes, i.e. dwelling units, are located within 503 to 999 feetof the 20 wells being proposed as well as 12 additional homes have theirfront or back yards within the 1,000 foot notification zone.
- 6 - These families’ lives will be completely disrupted for the 9 months of drilling, completion and continuously each time one of the 20 wells is re-stimulated.
- 7 - Approximately 320-350 homes are within 1⁄2 mile of the well pad.
- 8 - Rocky Top Middle School and Larry Walker Baseball Complex are located less than 1,800 feet away from the proposed wells to the property lines of these public facilities primarily used by children.
School Age Children
- 9 - There are 3 school bus stops along Franklin Street in WF for the nearby elementary and high schools. At least two homes on Franklin Street have multiple special needs buses and vans stopping in front of their homes every school day. As kids get to the bus stops to and from their homes they spend a considerable amount of time on the dirt roads.
- 10 - Middle school kids walk or ride their bikes to Rocky Top Middle School each weekday.
- 11 - Kids are on the dirt road throughout the day getting to school, going to friends’ houses and playing outside. Running 150+ industrial trucks per day on the road near kids is unfathomable.
- 12 - WF’s dirt roads are not adequate for the truck traffic required to put in 20 lateral wells. Consequently, if the roads were to be paved, it would completely change the character of the neighborhood. Cars would drive much faster and Franklin Street would become a desirable route between 136th and 144th. We would be unable to ride our horses in the neighborhood both because of the asphalt and the hazards created by the increased speed and traffic. Paving the roads would make it unsafe to walk, bike or horseback ride and we would thus lose a significant amount of contact with our neighbors.
- 13 - The use of the roads for the construction of a large scale oil and gas facility would take from the residents the outdoor activities they moved here to enjoy and would dramatically decrease community cohesion.
- 14 - WF has at least 120 drinking water wells in 3 different aquifers within 1⁄2 mile of the well pad. These water wells are the only source of water for the families and livestock residing in WF.
- 15 - Extensive negative financial impacts will occur to hundreds of residents if Synergy is allowed to proceed with putting a large scale oil and gas facility in WF. Using conservative estimates from national studies, the WF subdivision could see a loss in property value on the scale of 7-8 million dollars. Hunters Glen could expect a similar loss in the range of 6 million dollars. These are enormous value losses for homeowners, especially retirees. Additionally, local services funded through property taxes will suffer.
- 16 - There are 27 homes in WF that exit exclusively to Franklin Street. In the case of a fire or explosion at the well site, Franklin Street would have to support the evacuation of these families and their associated livestock, as well as the influx of emergency vehicles and personnel needed to contain the danger. Franklin Street is 31 feet wide with deep ditches along each side for drainage.
- 17 - No fire hydrants or pressurized water lines for fighting fires exist in WF. The only water available comes from the drinking water wells. The response time from the nearest fire station, serving our area, would take up to 25 minutes.
- 18 - Foam is required to fight an oil well fire. The foam consists of equal amounts of water, air and concentrated foam but, there is not enough water in WF to generate the foam blanket. In addition the fire departments in this area are not trained for this type of event. The resulting smoke plume from a fire at this site would probably require at least a 5 miles evacuation. The resulting contamination would be devastating.
Residential Communities are Valuable and Should be Protected from Large Oil and Gas Facilities
- 19 - We believe the state-of-the-science technologies being discussed are not adequate to protect the health and safety of our community and the proposal currently being discussed should not be allowed.
- 20 - Siting a large scale oil and gas facility in WF directly contradicts the expectations established by the Governor and the COGCC to locate large scale oil and gas facilities as far as possible from homes and neighborhoods.