Loveland releases oil drilling map
The map details potential areas where oil and gas producers could locate wellheads based on state requirements for distances between wellheads and buildings.
However, the city noted on its website that "there is currently no indication that drilling would occur in these areas."
The state requires that a wellhead be located 350 feet from buildings in urban areas. In rural areas, setbacks are 150 feet, or one-and-a-half-times the height of a derrick, whichever is greater.
The map's release comes ahead of a public forum scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Loveland City Council Chambers. During the meeting, councilors and Planning Commission members will listen to residents' ideas and opinions on the future of oil and natural-gas development in the community.
The forum will begin with a presentation from city staffers following by a period where residents can comment.
Loveland councilors in May passed an emergency moratorium on oil and gas development that will last through February. The ban means the city isn't accepting applications for drilling.
The city has since been working on its own set of oil and gas regulations to add to state law.
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