Silt may regulate in-town gas wells |

Silt may regulate in-town gas wells

SILT – The Silt Board of Trustees is considering an ordinance to regulate gas well drilling within town limits.

The ordinance outlines regulations for building new wells and modifying existing wells.

“There are no limitations on where gas wells can be drilled,” said Trustee Todd Tibbetts.

“They can drill a well in the middle of the city,” he said.

He said that while no one has asked for permission to drill in Silt, the trustees thought it was important to address the issue, with widespread gas development occurring in Western Colorado.

Tibbetts pointed to the Stillwater golf course and housing development south of the Colorado River, where nine to 11 drilling sites could be developed.

Mitch Randall, the town attorney, said the trustees are concerned about the impact of oil and gas exploration. Randall said gas drilling shouldn’t be allowed to unduly impact the residents of Silt.

The ordinance bars wells from within 350 feet of any occupied building, or within 75 feet of any road.

Wells and access roads must blend in with the surrounding area, and noise reduction measures must be used.

Under the proposed ordinance, wells also may not threaten endangered species.

In other business, the trustees discussed a potential fire ban ordinance within city limits at their Monday night meeting.

The board will introduce both ordinances in a public hearing at the next trustees meeting on Monday, July 28.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535

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