On a collision course
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.