June 25–Lafayette spokeswoman Debbie Wilmot on Monday said the city would pick up a series of votes delayed by protests on new oil and gas regulations later this summer.
The city originally said it would resume discussions on the proposed code overhaul — which were interrupted on Tuesday by protestors shouting “no drills, no pipelines!” until leaders were eventually forced to adjourn without a decision — at its July 3 meeting. Wilmot on Monday cited scheduling conflicts as the reason for an expanded delay.
The announcement comes only days after Extraction Oil and Gas subsidiary 8 North LLC released plans omitting Lafayette land from the company’s lofty drilling proposal.
It is eyeing two well sites — a northern and southern unit — that would sit in Weld County and Erie, respectively. The company informed Boulder County and Lafayette on Thursday that it had filed paperwork with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
“As a city, we’ve been clear that industrialized oil and gas operations are not welcome in Lafayette,” Lafayette Mayor Christine Berg said in a statement. “With this information we can move forward and continue to address other additionally important city business.”
8 North’s latest update sheds some light on the company’s original September application, which included requests for a drilling and spacing order on a 1,280-acre area between Arapahoe and Baseline roads in the Lafayette-Erie area; as well as a 2,720-acre area between Oxford and Quail roads, also along East County Line Road.
According to Richard Hackett, communications specialist with the Boulder County Land Use Department, the proposed drilling would be outside of any Lafayette or Boulder County regulation, but the environmental impacts would likely be felt by the neighboring city.
The votes on the proposed drilling regulations, which are modeled after Boulder County’s and would require companies to map their flow lines, are now scheduled for City Council’sAug. 7 and 21 meetings.
“I’m looking forward to placing this additional safeguard in our oil and gas tool belt,” Berg said Monday. “Lafayette was a historic coal mining community, but we have transitioned into a progressive city that is moving away from fossil fuels. We have not had an oil and gas well drilled in Lafayette for 25 years and our trajectory continues to point towards solar resources and environmental sustainability.”
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