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BMP ID: 11251
Title: Exceptions to density restrictions
Text: "2.2 Well Locations, Exceptions. . . .Special exceptions to Article 2.1 [Density] may be requested by Black Hills in its applications for Infill County Permits. The County will grant special exceptions when the County finds that one or more of the following factors apply in a manner such that use of an existing Well Pad is rendered impractical: a. topographic characteristics of the site; b. natural resource constraints ( e.g., wetlands); c. the location of utilities or similar services; d. geologic factors or where issues concerning distances between wells are present; e. other site conditions beyond the control of Black Hills; or f. safety concerns. In rare circumstances, the County may also, in its discretion, grant a special exception to Article 2. l at the request of the Surface Owner and Black Hills based upon other impacts that may arise from Pad Drilling."
Source Publication Name: Memorandum of Understanding Between the Board of County Commissioners of La Plata County, Colorado and Black Hills Exploration and Production, Inc, 2010
Citation Section: Article II: Density and Use of Existing Well Pads and Facilities
Citation Page: 5
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Required
Timing: • Construction / Siting / Design
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Victoria Schmitt
La Plata County
1060 E. 2nd Ave.
Durango, Colorado  81301  USA
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Alternate Contact: Black Hills Exploration and Production, Inc
1515 Wynkoop, Suite 500
Denver, CO  80202  USA
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Categories: Land Surface Disturbance
Location: Colorado
Vegetation Types:
• Suburban / urban
General Comments: Local Government - Operator MOU Article 2. l Density. "Black Hills agrees that, except as provided in Article 2.2 herein or as may be otherwise permitted in the COGCC order approving Black Hills's Infill Application, the density of FruitlandĀ· Coal Well Pads within the Infill Application Area shall not exceed two (2) within any drilling and spacing units of 320 acres for the Fruitland Coal Seam formation covering lands in La Plata County, Colorado. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing contained in this Article II shall be construed so as to require the closure or abandonment of any existing gas well."
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Date Entered: 2016-05-27 20:16 UTC
Last Updated: 2016-06-01 16:35 UTC