ECMC Denies permits to drill 18 new fracking wells at Erie’s Coyote Pad


1/24/24 UPDATE:  the ECMC just voted 4 to 1 to deny drilling permits for the additional 18 fracking wells at the Coyote Pad!  This amazingly good result shows why it is SO important for the public to speak out and keep sending comments to Colorado’s O&G regulators and to our elected officials.  ACTIVISM WORKS!  

SOME BACKGROUND: Erie has long been a site of extensive oil and gas operations.  The latest proposals aim to drill 26 new fracking wells at the Draco Pad and 18 new fracking wells on the existing Coyote Pad.  These two problematic sites are close the dividing line where Broomfield County, Boulder County, Weld County, Jefferson and Adams Counties all come together.  It is bad enough that Coyote’s existing fracking site with 27 wells is near several schools, a hospital, homes, a dogpark, a bikepark, supermarkets and a community center – now they want to drill even more wells that would tunnel under a landfill.  Erie currently has at least 218 operating wells with many more proposed, and 8 spills reported in 2023 alone. Here is some video of wells spewing toxic fumes in Erie: here and here and here (from our friends at Earthworks).  It is past time to say “no” to more neighborhood fracking!

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