Proposed Oil & Gas Operation Causes Tension To Flare

By Stan Bush

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An ugly confrontation with an oil and gas company has ignited new tension between Boulder residents and the industry they distrust.

The company called Crestone Peak Resources wants to have a drilling operation on the border of the county, west of County Line Road.

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On Wednesday, Crestone Peak Resources held a meeting with residents living within half of a mile of six proposed drilling sites inside a larger 12 square mile parcel of ranch and farm land.

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In order to fast track a permit to drill, the company is required to inform those residents of the comprehensive drilling plan and explain it in a public forum.

Instead, the invite was sent to everyone living within the 12 mile zone.

“The security guard told me while I was sitting in my car and they said you have to leave,” said Nanner Fisher, a Boulder resident who lives inside the development zone.

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When angry residents arrived at the meeting they were met by security guards and turned away.

State Democratic Sen. Matt Jones, who represents Boulder County, and state Democratic Rep. Mike Foote. who represents Louisville, were also stopped at the door until a company representative let them in.

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“My feeling is that if they can’t run a public meeting, we can’t trust him with explosive materials,” said Jones. “They shouldn’t get permits if they are going to behave this way because later on it’ll be dangerous for the people around them.”

A spokesman for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Committee says the mistake was theirs, not the oil and gas company.

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The apology, though, has done little to douse the flames.

Fisher accuses Crestone of cherry-picking unpopulated zones to reduce negative blow-back in the public comment phase.

“It’s about manipulation. They manipulate every regulation and requirement to get this passed. They don’t care about us they only care about big bucks. It’s all that matters,” said Fisher.

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Last Thursday Crestone held a telephone town tall as well. Sonya Lewis says she called in and was cut off.

“I asked a question, I answered it partway and when I asked to follow the line went dead,” says Lewis.

Crestone Peak Resources did not return repeated requests for comment.

The company does plan to have another telephone town hall Nov. 2, but a more important date could be Oct. 30, when residents plan to protest Crestone’s permit at a COGCC meeting.

Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.

Comments

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  1. Thank you for increasing awareness about the manipulative Oil and Gas operation practices of Crestone Peak Resources (CPR). I would like to reiterate that I am completely opposed to ALL fracking in Colorado so I feel it necessary for me to clarify something in this interview. When I was asked about the map and said that CPR was picking very secluded locations with very few residences, I was saying that was a bad thing only in reference to the fact the the invitations for the required “public” comment sessions were only mailed to the people living in those areas, a very small percentage of the total number of people in the total 12-square mile Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) and that the sites marked were only “proposed” and not “Final”. This means that CPR could change the site locations after the public comment sessions requirements had been met and the public would no longer have a voice about the new locations.Thank you.
    Nanner Fisher

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