Adams County neighbors gather to oppose oil and gas drilling facility set for their neighborhood

THORNTON, Colo. - Adams county residents gathered in Thornton Tuesday to oppose an oil and gas drilling facility proposed for their neighborhood.

Synergy Resources Corps. is planning the 15-20 well operation in an area known as Wadley Farms, near 140th Avenue and Franklin Street.

“This large oil and gas drilling and extraction facility within the midst of a residential neighborhood, just two blocks from a school and on the same street as a school bus stop poses too many risks to nearby residents,” said neighbor Jacky Kowalsky. “This sort of major industrial use is completely incompatible with a residential neighborhood and has the potential to impact public safety and the environment, drinking water wells, quality of life and property values in the area as well as create heavy industrial traffic.”

Kowalsky is part of a neighborhood coalition called Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW. The group is calling for the county to force Synergy to study other possible locations for the operation and present the findings before any work is done.

Synergy's Chief Operating Officer Craig Rasmuson told 7NEWS there are no alternate locations that have been identified, and pointed out there are already existing wells in the neighborhood from a prior drilling operation.

He said Synergy would put up noise barriers and do road improvements in addition to other mitigation efforts. He said drilling will be round the clock, and would last five to six months.

Rasmuson said at the height of the operation, there would be more than 100 trucks in and out of the neighborhood, but that would only last 30 to 45 days.

He said drilling would start late 2016 or early 2017, and that the company is still finalizing plans with Adams County.

Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability NOW held a meeting at Rocky Top Middle School in Thornton Tuesday, and Synergy is planning its own meeting there to answer questions about the project on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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