Southeast Loveland oil and gas drilling proposed
A proposed oil and natural gas drilling operation near the southeast city limit will involve horizontal boring for miles underneath neighborhoods in southeast Loveland. The operation will be the first to horizontally drill under Loveland, though the practice is common in areas east of Interstate 25 beneath Windsor, Johnstown and Greeley.
Magpie Operating Inc. sent certified letters to Loveland property owners in the drilling area earlier this month identifying them as “mineral interest owners” and indicating the company anticipates beginning to drill in the third quarter (July through September) of 2019. Neighborhoods within the zone include Tulip Creek, Rangewood, Stone Creek, Millennium and Boise Village South and Southwest.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which governs all oil and gas permitting in the state, requires all mineral owners to be notified prior to applying for a drilling permit. They have a 30-day period following receipt of the letter to return an objection to the COGCC and the driller in writing based on “specific facts” and only on certain grounds, according to the rule.
“Until permit applications are submitted, the COGCC has no information about Magpie’s plans other than what staff might happen to learn from conversations with the noticed mineral owners,” wrote Jane Stanczyk, permit and technical services manager with the COGCC, in an email to the Reporter-Herald.
Though the letter addresses the recipients as “mineral owners,” the letter does not offer compensation for extraction. Not all mineral rights are connected with surface property ownership; Larimer County recommends prior to buying a property investigating whether the property and mineral rights are connected via a title search or research in the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
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