No public hearing on Antero lease renewal

What’s it worth to the town of Silt to sacrifice clean air, clean water, and the public’s health?

According to town administrator Pamela Woods “about $180,000 a year”.

Town eyes renewal of gas lease to Antero Resources
Revenues estimated at $180,000 per year

On the Agenda for tonight’s SiltBOTs meeting (7:00 p.m.), the Antero lease renewal discussion is a five minute “action item” scheduled for 7:30 p.m., which means there will be no public hearing. There’s no way to know whether public comments will be allowed during the discussion.

In my May 17 post, Vista del gas patch I alerted readers to the two permit applications from Antero, one for 509-acre exploratory drilling and spacing unit and another for a 640-acre exploratory drilling and spacing unit south of Silt.

COGCC Hearing Docket May 2012

Twice I requested information from the town about the applications and received no response. Then on Friday (5/25) when the Agenda came out I requested more information. Again, no response. And people say it’s difficult to get any information about what’s going on with oil & gas drilling around here. It’s not difficult – it’s impossible.

So let me see if I can figure this out from one brief article in The Paper.

“A lease on the same acreage as was covered in the 2008 extension, known as sections nine, 10 and 11, would be renewed again under the pending lease agreement, according to Leavenworth.

But the new lease would add two new leasing agreements for areas known as Tracts 13 and 14.”

I see that the first Antero permit application (from the COGCC May Hearing Docket) includes sections 8 and 9, and the second Antero permit application includes sections 11 and 14. Perhaps – and I’m just guessing here – the town’s lease with Antero – and is it lease or leases? – has something to do with that permit application.

I have no clue whether or not I will have more information after tonight’s meeting.

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