Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ultra wants to start drilling on Banning Lewis

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM

There might be a city moratorium delaying oil and gas drilling inside the Colorado Springs city limits, but that's not stopping Ultra Petroleum from beginning the process aimed at locating its first wells inside the sprawling Banning Lewis Ranch on the city's eastern edge.

Mike Leonard with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, who is here for a town hall meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, tells the Independent that Ultra Petroleum has filed applications with the state for two wells on its Banning Lewis property.

One of the wells, Leonard says, would be on the north end of Banning Lewis, closer to where some housing development already has taken place. The other well would be more in the central part of the ranch.

Leonard said the applications were filed Dec. 16, and the commission will accept public comment for a 20-day period.

Chris Melcher, the Colorado Springs city attorney, has asked for more time to file a response from the city government.

The state has 75 days to issue or deny permits, which would mean the end of February.

Ultra already has been approved to drill several speculative wells in rural parts of El Paso County, east and southeast of the Colorado Springs metro area.

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