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Posted on: September 4, 2018

Oil and Gas - September 4 activity update

September 4, 2018 Update
The Lafayette City Council is dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents from the potential impacts of oil and gas operations, and are exploring many fronts to address future and pending applications.

Lafayette and Boulder County file lawsuit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission and 8 North, LLC
On August 21, 2018, the City of Lafayette and Boulder County jointly filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and 8 North, LLC.  The suit appeals the COGCC’s July 31 approval of 8 North’s applications for drilling and spacing units and additional well density in two areas of eastern Boulder County.

The joint lawsuit asserts that adequate evidence was not provided to prove 8 North owns the mineral rights in the area in question, that the COGCC relied on summary and hearsay evidence for proof of mineral ownership, and that the COGCC’s rules for establishing drilling units are flawed.  Additionally, while 8 North has indicated the well pad sites are planned to be located outside of Boulder County and Lafayette city limits, Lafayette and Boulder County contend the site raises multiple concerns for residents and environmental resources.

The City's Oil and Gas Information and Resources webpage provides a number of resources for residents looking to gather information including;

  • A timeline of actions being taken by Lafayette City Council to address potential Oil and gas issues in Lafayette
  • Oil and gas FAQs
  • Lafayette well map
  • Public participation at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)
  • Boulder County Oil and Gas Development webpage.

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