DENVER – The company behind applications to drill new oil and gas wells near and underneath Standley Lake and the Westminster Hills off-leash dog park in Jefferson County pulled both applications Thursday, though an application to drill near Rocky Flats is moving forward.
He said the decision was made after “communicating with various stakeholders and upon further consideration of its development plans in Jefferson County.” Additionally, Highlands Natural Resources spokesperson Matthew Moseley confirmed that the application to drill near and under the dog park was similarly pulled from consideration by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
But Moseley said that plans submitted in recent weeks to drill up to 31 wells near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant were moving forward.
The COGCC had opened a public comment period on the permit applications for Standley Lake and the dog park through Nov. 22 and extended the period through Dec. 6 at the request of the city of Westminster.
Some in Jefferson County and around the state balked at the applications from the U.K.-based company. Proposition 112 – which would have created a 2,500-foot setback rule for new oil and gas drilling in relation to schools, homes and some waterways – was rejected by Colorado voters Tuesday, but the news of the applications reinvigorated the debate surrounding oil and gas development in inhabited and protected areas of Colorado.