No Drilling at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Barr Lake Under Oil and Gas Rules Mulled by Commerce City Council

By Monte Whaley The Denver Post 04/17/12

COMMERCE CITY  — Oil and gas companies would be barred from drilling at or near Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge or Barr Lake State Park, under proposed restrictions being considered by city officials.

Other limits on oil and gas extraction would call for increased setbacks for drilling rigs, noise mitigation requirements, limits on hours of operation and a water quality monitoring program.

The proposals are part of a package of restrictions the city is mulling in an effort to lighten the impact of hydraulic fracturing in the community, said city spokeswoman Michelle Halstead.

The city is also a “local government designee,” which means it has a say on any oil and gas operation approved by the state to work in Commerce City.

“It’s basically a three-layered approach that will offer tremendous protection,” said Halstead. ” We think this could be a model for other cities in the state,” she said.

The City Council Monday night once again held off on voting on a six-month ban on oil and gas drilling in the city to give staff members time to finish their work.

That includes framing a new land use code dealing with hydraulic fracturing and finalizing extraction agreements to be used with oil and gas companies.

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