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Greeley, CO 80631
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Upcoming Events:

Hearings:

April 22, 2014
1:15pm
Greeley Recreation Center
Meeting Rooms A,B,C
651 10th Ave

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Discussions:

April 28, 2014
6:30-9:00pm
Billie Martinez Elementary
School,  341 14th Ave

“Risk Assessment & Modern Life, with Air Quality Emphasis”

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Oil and Gas Development

Development of oil and gas has taken place within Greeley city limits since the 1970’s and represents a unique type of land use. As a property right, mineral owners are allowed to access and extract the resource; these rights, however, are balanced against the rights of surface property owners. The surface owner and mineral rights owner may be the same, but they also often are not, particularly within newer areas of the city. 

Greeley supports the responsible and balanced development of oil and gas. It also recognizes that the State, through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“COGCC”), has significant regulatory control and responsibilities for local drilling. This authority was clarified in 1992, when the City of Greeley lost a Colorado Supreme Court ruling after seeking to prohibit oil and gas development within city limits. Generally, the State’s regulations control below-ground activity, and the active drilling process (including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, which is done prior to the completion of the well). 

However, many activities associated with drilling and producing can still be managed through City regulations. In April 2013 the Greeley City Council completed a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the COGCC, in which the State agreed to defer to the City on matters that harmonize and do not conflict with State rules.

Read more on the drilling process, regulations, and public health considerations...