Burkhart, Michelle
October 2005
High Country News;10/3/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 18, p6
This article reports that energy companies are blocking efforts to preserve open space on Colorado's Front Range. Boulder County in Colorado has saved about 76,000 acres from development by buying property and creating conservation easements. Jan Burns, Boulder County's Parks and Open Space land-acquisition manager, says that previous landowners have sometimes held on to their mineral rights, or sold them. When energy companies move in, the county can only try to minimize impacts by controlling the location of wells, storage tanks and roads. Boulder County is in the process of approving up to 12 drilling permits on open space, a significant increase from previous years. EnCana Oil & Gas Co. is negotiating to place a gas well on one of the county's conservation easements. company spokesman Doug Hock says it's the first time in Colorado that EnCana has drilled within a conservation easement. Pete Kolbenschlag of the Colorado Environmental Coalition, says that the county has worked hard to protect its open spaces.


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