A col­li­sion be­tween de­vel­op­ment and oil, gas drilling

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “On a col­li­sion course,” Aug. 6 news story.

Great story about oil drilling vs. land de­vel­op­ment. As the well-re­searched story points out, the con­flicts are in­creas­ing. A sim­ple so­lu­tion might be for the de­vel­op­ers or even the cities to buy the min­eral rights, or even con­demn them un­der em­i­nent do­main for the pub­lic safety and hap­pi­ness.

The cost to buy min­eral rights in north­ern Colorado is cur­rently from $5,000 to $10,000 per acre. Large blocks of land pro­tected this way will not be drilled. With five or more houses per acre be­ing built, the added cost for a $300,000 house would be around 1 per­cent.

That is to­tally in­signif­i­cant, and well worth re­duc­ing all the drama. Ad­di­tion­ally, as drilling tech­nol­ogy in­creases the dis­tance wells can be from the min­er­als be­ing re­moved, now over 3 miles, at some fu­ture point in time the oil could still be ex­ploited, per­haps when all the wells in Amer­ica are lo­cated in Nevada. Mark Par­sons, Berthoud I want to com­mend The Den­ver Post on Aldo Svaldi’s ex­cel­lent, thor- ough and in­ves­tiga­tive ar­ti­cle in last Sun­day’s Post about the col­li­sion course be­tween hous­ing and de­vel­op­ment on the Front Range and the con­tin­ued ex­pan­sion of gas and oil drilling.

It is stun­ning to read about the im­men­sity of the Wat­ten­berg Field. It’s also re­mark­able and per­plex­ing to me that peo­ple con­tinue to set­tle in these ar­eas. Thanks for the in­sights and widely re­searched and wellplaced ar­ti­cle on the front page of The Post. Hope St­ef­fens-nett, Boul­der

An oil der­rick pumps oil in Da­cono on June 7. The clash be­tween oil and gas drilling and the hous­ing boom in Colorado is ex­pected to in­ten­sify in com­ing years. He­len H. Richard­son, Den­ver Post file

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