Greeley residents try to stop drilling expansion

GREELEY, Colo. - Some Greeley residents are trying to stop the expansion of oil and gas drilling near a high school, fearing it could turn the site into an industrial area.

City councilors are scheduled to consider the appeal of Synergy Resources' permit Tuesday evening.

The company has had permission to drill 15 wells near Northridge High School since 2008. In July, the city's planning commission gave it permission to add three more wells along with 36 more oil and water tanks.

Resident Sara Barwinski told the Greeley Tribune that opponents only want to stop the expansion, not the existing drilling.

Synergy says it wouldn't be able to drill on all 18 wells at once because Greeley doesn't have the necessary infrastructure so not all the additional oil and water tanks will be needed.

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