Energy company backs off plan to drill near Greeley elementary school playground

GREELEY, Colo. - An energy company is backing off plans to drill wells about 500 feet from an elementary school playground in Greeley.

The Greeley Tribune reported Monday Mineral Resources withdrew its application to the Greeley Planning Commission.

The company says it will explore whether it can move the site at least 1,000 feet from the Frontier Academy Elementary School property line.

The plan called for 19 wells and other equipment on a pad 500 feet from Frontier's property line and 800 feet from the building.

The state now requires special permission to drill within 1,000 feet of a school, but Mineral Resources got state approval before the new rules took effect.

A parents group and others opposed the plan. Mineral Resources said the site was safe and complied with the rules.


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