On a col­li­sion course

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Ex­pan­sion of gas and oil ex­plo­ration op­er­a­tions:

The Den­ver Post stud­ied 100 town­ships — each cov­er­ing 36 square miles — in north­east­ern Colorado, where the Colorado Oil and Gas Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion has ap­proved or re­ceived around 3,400 drilling per­mits. The num­ber of per­mits in ru­ral re­gions was about half that found in the more pop­u­lated ar­eas.

Pop­u­la­tion growth in the cross­roads:

Com­mu­ni­ties and un­in­cor­po­rated ar­eas in the path of drilling have added 103,578 peo­ple since 2010, which rep­re­sents a growth rate of 15.8 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to counts pro­vided by the Colorado De­mog­ra­phy Of­fice. Some of the most in­tense drilling is in or near Brighton, Wind­sor and Da­cono.

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