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Oil and Gas Info

Phone: 720-972-4220

As many residents of the north metro area know, energy companies have expressed interest in drilling for oil and gas from various locations within Adams and Broomfield County. The State of Colorado, through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), currently holds all legal authority regarding where and how oil/gas can be extracted in our state. 
None of the proposed drilling will occur on district property but some of the minerals are underneath district schools and some drilling locations are near district property and schools. This has raised concern for many residents within our community. This page and its subpages intend to provide information on what has happened to date regarding oil and gas activity as it relates to district and school operations.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools has established criteria for sending out notification regarding oil and gas requests. Notification to the appropriate parties will be sent when:
  1. New surface activity nearby (nearby is defined as within 2,500 ft.)
    Notify superintendent, legal counsel, school principal, executive director, business services and the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) about the proposed surface activity. Respond to the referral by notifying the COGCC or appropriate county about the proposed drilling site's proximity to our schools and bus stops and request information about traffic estimate, emergency preparedness plan, noise estimates and dust estimates. If new surface activity is proposed within 2,500 feet of a school's property line, the families of those attending that school will be notified of the district's response to that proposal.
  2. New subsurface activity underneath district or school property
    Notify school staff and parents, superintendent, legal counsel, executive director, business services and LRPAC about the proposed subsurface activity. If the board of education is asked to consider a subsurface lease of mineral rights, the families of those attending the school where the lease is requested will be notified.

Background and decisions on requests to lease mineral rights considered by the Board of Education

  • 2019 Mineral Rights Leases Rejected
    • Request from Great Western Oil and Gas to lease mineral rights beneath Century Middle School
    • Request from Extraction Oil and Gas to lease mineral rights beneath Meridian Elementary School
  • 2018 Mineral Rights Leases Approved
    • Request from Great Western Oil and Gas to lease mineral rights beneath Prairie Hills Elementary School
    • Request from Ferrari Energy (related to the Extraction Oil and Gas Drilling Unit from the Livingston Pad)to lease mineral rights beneath Coyote Ridge Elementary School
  • 2017 Mineral Rights Leases Approved
    •  Request from Great Western Oil and Gas to lease mineral rights beneath Horizon High School's property
  • 2015 Mineral Rights Leases Approved
    • Request from Synergy Resources Corporation to lease mineral rights beneath Century Middle School
    • Request from Land Energy Inc. to lease mineral rights beneath Horizon High School