The city of Aurora, Colorado is mulling over changing its regulations governing oil and gas operations within city limits after receiving multiple resident complaints, according to a report by niobraranews.net.
The resident complaints claim that too many waivers are being given to well operator ConocoPhillips, which currently operates six well pad sites within the city. However, ConocoPhillips has applied for six new well pad sites in eastern Aurora. The new wells would be approximately 2,000 feet from existing subdivisions.
In 2012, city laws mandated that vapor recovery towers on drilling sites be no more than 20 feet tall. However, despite the law, Conoco has on-site towers that exceed 30 feet in height. Vapor recovery towers are essential to reducing emissions on the drilling site.
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