The Windsor Town Board unanimously approved two conditional-use grants at the board’s Monday meeting for Great Western Oil and Gas to drill four new wells at an existing drill site in the Water Valley West Subdivision, and construct a new site nearby.
At the first site, located a half-mile east of County Line Road and Weld County Road 13, Great Western asked to construct four wells in addition to the eight wells already permitted on the site. The site was originally approved on June 11, 2012.
Access to the site will be located off Weld County Road 64. A summary of operations submitted to the town states the wells will average a depth of 7,682 feet.
The planning commission recommended approval of the application, with a list of conditions that Town Associate Planner Josh Olhava said are standard with any oil and gas activities within the town, including visual, landscaping and floodplain requirements.
At the second site, located just east of the first site, Great Western requested to drill six well locations, however, the storage tanks would be located on the first site.
Board member Myles Baker asked if the town would require any conditions above and beyond the standard conditions because the site was located close to the town’s water tank.
Olhava said there weren’t any additional conditions proposed, but they could be explored if the board wanted to give that direction.
Scot Donato with Great Western, said a spill at the site wouldn’t be likely because the holding tanks would be located on the previously approved site.
Town Manager Kelly Arnold also told the board there already is a drilling operation under the standard conditions that is closer to the town’s water tank than the site in front of them.
Town board members also asked about the possibility of erosion caused by the impact of added weight on the site, as well as screening measures to protect neighbors from the operation’s noise.
Dennis Wagner, town director of engineering, said he didn’t believe the added weight would impact the soil below the site.
Donato said other than the difficulty of using hay bails for screening, Great Western didn’t have any objections to the conditions stipulated by the town.