By Charlie Brennan Camera Staff Writer, August 13, 2013
Congressman wants to plug anticipated ‘fracking’ near weekend getaway
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, has amended the complaint he filed last month to state oil and gas officials over a drilling operation that suddenly appeared immediately adjacent to a property in Weld County he has long used as a weekend getaway.
Polis, through the holding company Mountain Property Improvement LLC, filed the updated complaint Aug. 6 with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission versus Sundance Energy Inc., the Denver-based company doing the work he is contesting.
Polis is alleging that the original permit application by Sundance improperly stated the location of its three wells at the southeast corner of Weld County roads 5 and 42, making its application “materially inaccurate.”
He’s asking the commission to “sue to prevent any further violations and seek injunctive relief halting all oil and gas development activity” associated with the permits.
“You’d think, if it was illegally sited, they should say that you are not allowed to use it, because that would be a disincentive, then, for other people to drill where they’re not supposed to drill,” Polis said Tuesday during a meeting with the Camera’s editorial board.
Polis represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, including Boulder County.
“I’m hopeful that that occurs, but I think that it’s unlikely. It’s more likely there would just be a fine, and they would be allowed to use the one that they drilled in violation of the offset requirements.”