DENVER (AP) — An energy company will build a pipeline to transport crude oil from a huge well complex inside a Colorado city before production starts, officials said Monday, easing the anxiety of nearby residents who feared noisy trucks would haul away the petroleum around the clock.
Extraction Oil & Gas spokesman Brian Cain said the company always planned to build a pipeline to the 22-well Triple Creek project in Greeley, about 60 miles north of Denver.
He said the plans are now complete after two years of engineering, contracting and other preparations.
Triple Creek is one of multiple oil and gas disputes boiling over in Colorado, where booming communities and lucrative oil fields often overlap, triggering lawsuits and heightening fears about health and safety.
In April, unrefined and odorless natural gas leaking from a small severed pipeline caused a house explosion that killed two people, investigators said.
Separately, the state attorney general asked the Colorado Supreme Court last week to settle a dispute over how much weight regulators should give to health and safety when making rules and approving projects.
The Greeley wells are in a pasture surrounded by homes, some as close as 1,000 feet. An access road passes within 50 feet of one neighbor’s bedroom window.