BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

                                                             OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

IN THE MATTER OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS           )                    CAUSE NO. 1

OF THE COLORADO OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION            )

COMMISSION, WELD COUNTY, COLORADO                            )                    ORDER NO. 1‑56

                                                                                                                                                (1-198)

                       

                                                             REPORT OF THE COMMISSION

 

                        This cause came on for hearing before the Commission on April 18, 1995 at 8:30 a.m. in Suite 801, The Chancery Building, 1120 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado, after giving Notice of Hearing as required by law, on the application of William E. Franz, Jr. for an order to establish certain lands consisting of all of the NW¼ of Section 14, Township 7 North, Range 66 West, 6th P.M., Weld County, as a high density area.

 

                                                                                 FINDINGS

 

                        The Commission finds as follows:

 

                        1.  William E. Franz, Jr., as applicant herein is an interested party in the subject matter of the above‑referenced hearing.

 

                        2.  Due notice of the time, place and purpose of the hearing has been given in all respects as required by law.

 

                        3.  The Commission has jurisdiction over the subject matter embraced in said notice and of the parties interested therein, and jurisdiction to promulgate the hereinafter prescribed order.

 

                        4.  Effective May 20, 1992, the Commission adopted Rule 127. into the Rules and Regulations of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission which allows tracts of land to be designated as high density areas upon application, notice and hearing before the Commission.      

 

                        5.  That evidence presented at the hearing indicates a subdivision plan for the land was approved by the Board of County Commissioners of Weld County on October 26, 1994.  Further evidence indicates that there are six (6) lots averaging approximately 2.5 acres in site, with one lot presently occupied.

 

                        6.  That an order of the Commission should be entered designating the lands consisting of the NW¼ of Section 14, Township 7 North, Range 66 West, 6th P.M., Weld County, as a high density area.

 

                                                                                 O R D E R

 

                        NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the NW¼ of Section 14, Township 7 North, Range 66 West, 6th P.M., Weld County, is hereby designated as a high density area.

 

                        IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that, 1.  Any well drilled in the above-described area shall comply with the following rules:

 

            A.        Surface locations of wellheads shall be located not less than 350 feet from any dwelling or facility as defined above.

 

            B.        Production tanks and/or associated on-site production equipment shall be located not less than 350 feet from any dwelling or facility as defined above.

 

            C.        All pumps, pits, wellheads and production facilities shall be adequately fenced to prevent access by unauthorized persons.

 

            D.        Each Survey plat accompanying an Application for Permit-to-Drill shall, in addition to the requirements of Rule 303, include the following information:


                        1.         All visible improvements within 350 feet of a well location must be physically tied in and plotted on the survey plat with a horizontal distance to the well location.  Visible improvements include all dwellings and facilities as described above, public roads, major above-ground utility lines, railroads, pipelines, mines, oil or gas wells, injection wells, water wells, bodies of water, and natural channels through which water may flow.  Surface uses must be described, and all surface property boundaries defined.

 

                        2.         An 8.5" x 11" copy of the most current 1:24,000 scale topographic map of the area.

 

                        3.         A lease map showing all individual leases in the drilling unit, identifying the lessee, lessor, and surface ownership.

 

            E.        Any equipment used in the drilling, completion or production of a well shall comply with C.R.S. 25-12-103, Maximum Permissible Noise Levels.

 

            F.         All operations associated with the drilling, completion or production of a well shall comply with C.R.S. 25-7-101, Colorado Air Quality Control Act, as it applied to fugitive dust and venting or flaring of natural gas.

 

            G.        If applicable, and where possible, development or multiple reservoirs by drilling on existing pads or by multiple completions or commingling in existing wellbores is required.

 

            H.        All other setbacks or safety requirements set out in the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rules and Regulations shall apply.

 

                        2(a).      Exceptions to the location requirements set out in 1(A) and 1(B) may be granted by the Director if a copy of waivers from each owner of a dwelling or facility within 350 feet of the proposed location is submitted as part of the Application for Permit-to-Drill, and the proposed location complies with other safety requirements of the Rules and Regulations.  An election by the owner to build a house less than 350 feet from an existing well, constitutes an election to waive the 350 foot setback rule.

 

                        2(b).  This rule supersedes the existing Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rule 603.

 

                        IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the provisions in the above order shall become effective forthwith.

 

                        Entered this                    day of                      , 1995, as of April 18, 1995.

 

                                                                        OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

                                                                            OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

 

 

                                                                        By                                                             

                                                                                         Patricia C. Beaver, Secretary

Dated at Suite 801

1120 Lincoln Street

Denver, Colorado  80203

May 10, 1995