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December 8, 2017

[Oil & Gas]: Boulder County files motions to dismiss 8 North’s applications for additional density


Boulder County has filed motions to dismiss 8 North’s applications for additional density, arguing that the COGCC cannot grant them when the drilling and spacing units have not yet been established and the authorized well for those units has not yet been drilled and begun producing


(Boulder County, Colo.) -- 8 North LLC filed two applications with the COGCC to establish “drilling and spacing units” in the northeastern and southeastern parts of Boulder County. The applications requested authorization to drill a single well in each unit.

The same day, 8 North filed applications for “additional density” in each proposed unit, requesting 31 additional wells in the northern unit and 19 additional wells in the southern unit, for a total of 32 and 20 wells respectively. Colorado statutes say that a drilling and spacing unit can be established for a single well to be drilled and begin producing. Only then can additional wells be authorized to prevent “waste” of the mineral resource.

Boulder County has filed motions to dismiss 8 North’s applications for additional density, arguing that the COGCC cannot grant them when the drilling and spacing units have not yet been established and the authorized well for those units has not yet been drilled and begun producing.

READ: Daily Camera (Dec. 8, 2017) "Boulder County, Lafayette to request public forums on Extraction drilling proposal"

Boulder County and Lafayette are pushing back against an oil and gas operator by asking that state regulators reject a plan for additional wells and require more public participation in the development. More at: http://www.dailycamera.com/business/ci_31509134/boulder-county-lafayette-request-public-forums-extraction-drilling

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