There’s been no interest in Pueblo County by oil or natural gas companies for a long while, but the county’s planning department is putting together a separate list of regulations for wells just the
same. Joan Armstrong, director of planning for Pueblo County, said her staff is still drafting potential regulations for oil and gas drilling in Pueblo County. But
the last time an oil and gas company was interested in Pueblo wasn’t the fracking boom of a few years ago, but an exploratory well approved in 1985 to the south and west of the city.
Records show that between 1979 and 1985 six special use permits were approved for oil and gas exploration in Pueblo County. Most of the wells were located in the eastern portion of the county.
“Fracking has never been proposed in the county,” Armstrong said.
“From my understanding, it seems like the only possible area is in the northeast corner of the county. What we’re trying to do is be proactive instead of reactive. So at least we’d have something in the regulations if there was an application.” Armstrong said currently any oil and gas applications would still go through a public special use permit process. But like the work that’s being done on mining regulations, the staff is working to codify those processes for any future applicants.
An original proposal for oil and gas extraction was included in the first few drafts of the mining regulations. Those have since been removed, but Armstrong said they provide a basis for what staff has been refining.
“We’re still having conversations with many different entities, mainly public works,” Armstrong said. “So it has been drastically fine-tuned.”
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