Class­mates from Parker high school say good­bye to teen who fell into icy lake.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By El­iz­a­beth Her­nan­dez

Ay­oung mourner em­braces Patric Lantz’s mother as friends, fam­ily and class­mates gather dur­ing a re­cep­tion af­ter the fu­neral ser­vices for the Parker teenager at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Cen­ten­nial on Tues­day. Lantz and two other teens fell through an icy pond in Parker on Jan. 14; Max Gant­nier died Mon­day, and Cole Robin­son was treated and re­leased af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

Mon­signor Thomas Fr­yar looked out over a church of young faces, whose eyes were red and cheeks were wet with tears, and asked Patric Lantz’s class­mates to stand and honor him at his fu­neral.

At least half of those in­side a crowded St. Thomas More Catholic Church rose to their feet.

Mo­ments be­fore the Tues­day morn­ing fu­neral for the Leg­end High School sopho­more who fell through an icy Parker re­ten­tion pond, teens trick­led into the church. Some wore school jack­ets and uni­forms, such as Lantz’s rugby team­mates, who wore their team jer­seys.

Many were too young to know grief from the loss of some­one so close.

Brae­den Evert, 18, trained Lantz on the high school’s rugby team.

“Hewill for­ever bemy brother,” Evert said. “It was such an honor just to know him.”

The team ded­i­cated the rest of its sea­son to Lantz.

A me­mo­rial card handed to fu­neral pa­trons cap­tured a heart­felt poem from Lantz’s father, who called his son “Patch.”

“My boy was kind and brave,” the card read. “The one that sac­ri­ficed him­self for some­one else’s boy. My boy, he was my hero, now he is some other’s hero too though they­may not know or rec­og­nize it. My boy did the one thing in his last mo­ments that I would have ex­pected from him but would have wished for my­self that he would not do.”

Rugby coach Chauncey Cun­ning­ham shared a story he felt best rep­re­sented Lantz, the young man he called for­ever fam­ily.

Dur­ing a tack­ling drill at rugby prac­tice, Lantz called out the big­gest guy on the team.

“He was so coura­geous, call­ing out a 325- pound guy to tackle him,” Evert said.

Al­though Lantz got knocked down hard, Cun­ning­ham said he shook it off with grace.

“He got up and said, ‘ I’ll get him next time,’ ” Cun­ning­ham said.

Lantz’s per­se­ver­ance and hard work were a run­ning theme for those who spoke of him.

“In life and in sports, when he got hit, he got up faster and harder,” said 18- year- old rugby team­mate Josh Lyons.

At the start of the ser­vice, Fr­yar asked church­go­ers to ex­tend prayers to­ward the fam­ily of Max Gant­nier, a sopho­more who died Mon­day af­ter the freez­ing wa­ters of the re­ten­tion pond left him in crit­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing the Jan. 14 fall that took Lantz’s life.

Athird teen, Cole Robin­son, was treated and re­leased af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

Dra­matic au­dio from the 911 call that led po­lice to the three teens re­vealed that a class­mate of the

Thomas John­son, a district man­ager with oil ser­vices com­pany Hal­libur­ton, said many of the com­pany’s nearly 1,000 em­ploy­ees in north­east Colorado would not be part of an ac­tiv­ity that harmed them­selves or their fam­i­lies.

He urged the com­mis­sion­ers not to suc­cumb to scare tac­tics.

“Get the facts,” John­son said.“We’ll showyouwhat we do for a liv­ing.”

Drilling op­po­nents have spent the last few months speak­ing out be­fore the Adams County com­mis­sion­ers and re­quest­ing a mora­to­rium, in­clud­ing on the con­tro­ver­sial prac­tice of hy­draulic frac­tur­ing, or frack­ing.

Their con­cerns largely re­volve around the po­ten­tial for air and wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion from the heav­ily in­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity, as well as in­ten­sive­wa­ter use and truck traf­fic on res­i­den­tial streets.

The Thorn­ton City Coun­cil un­der­went a sim­i­lar dis­pute in Novem­ber, when hun­dreds turned out to a coun­cil meet­ing to de­mand that the city ban oil and gas drilling there. A con­tin­gent of in­dus­try pro­po­nents also showed up, de­fend­ing en­ergy ex­trac­tion in Colorado as vi­tal to the state’s econ­omy and em­ploy­ment base.

COGA claims that there are 1,589 oil and gas work­ers in Adams County alone, boast­ing an av­er­age salary of $ 72,000.

Chris Wright, CEO of Den­ver- based Lib­erty Oil­field Ser­vices, told com­mis­sion­ers that U. S. de­pen­dence on en­ergy im­ports has been slashed from 60 per­cent of to­tal con­sump­tion to just 30 per­cent since the start of the coun­try’s “shale rev­o­lu­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Colorado Oil and Gas Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion, Adams County was sixth among the state’s 27 ac­tive oil and gas coun­ties in 2015 for the num­ber of drilling per­mits— 96— ap­proved by the state.

Those op­er­a­tions have got­ten big­ger in re­cent years. Whereas there was an av­er­age of 2.8wells on a multi- pad site in the county in 2012, that num­ber jumped to 17.5 wells last year.

Nearly 3,000 per­mits were is­sued last year statewide, and there are now more than 53,000 op­er­at­ing wells in Colorado.

TheTues­day meet­ing in AdamsCounty came a day af­ter state reg­u­la­tors ap­proved giv­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in Colorado some in­flu­ence over the sit­ing of well pads, as well as noise and emis­sions lev­els.

But the rules ap­proved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion on Mon­day ap­peared to fully sat­isfy nei­ther side in the de­bate, start­ing with what qual­i­fies as a large- scale, ur­ban op­er­a­tion that would trig­ger lo­cal con­trols.

Com­mis­sion­ers voted 5- 4 to de­fine large scale as eight new wells or 4,000 bar­rels of new or ex­ist­ing stor­age, not in­clud­ing wa­ter. Drilling de­trac­tors had hoped the lo­cal in­volve­ment trig­ger would be set at 2,000 bar­rels of on- site stor­age in­clud­ing wa­ter.

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