COGCC Public Comments

Comments Received

The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the COGCC, the State of Colorado, or any associated agencies.
Frack proposal
1/7/2023 11:59:52 PM
To Whom It May Concern, My wife and I, relative newcomers to northern Colorado, are both hopeful that you will reject any and all permits to frack in Loveland or other parts of Larimer County that come before your board now and in the future. We are particularly concerned about the current McWhinney permit request coming before you, on both environmental and public health grounds. Allowing this project to go forward on land ADJACENT to youth soccer fields seems especially unwise in light of data of medical anomalies and environmental degradation tied to previously permitted fracking ventures nationwide. We also feel it is supremely unwise to allow water intensive operations such as fracking to proceed when existing hydro resources are under duress and likely to be further threatened by climate change realities. There is also a clear disconnect between Centerra Homes’ environmentally friendly step locating an environmental education center within its development— ironically on land bought from McWhinney—and Mcwhinney’s headlong pursuit of an environmentally injurious project without regard to strong community opposition. Based on the foregoing we feel it would be misguided for your approval to be given to the McWhinney proposal at this time in exchange solely for the prospect of a handful of ill-gotten shekels clattering into the tax coffers. Respectfully submitted, Hank Lamport

Please deny this fracking request
1/7/2023 11:41:37 PM
Fracking is not compatible with the homes in Centerra. Please deny this request.

McWhinney
1/7/2023 9:29:51 PM
I’m not in favor

Poor Air Quailty Concerns Must be Addressed
1/7/2023 8:11:38 PM
The North Front Range Ozone Non-attainment Area has been downgraded to severe ozone non-attainment. The data has always shown that oil and gas development is the predominant contributor of ozone precursors in the north front range. https://www.cpr.org/2023/01/05/ozone-data-fracking-emissions/ Ozone precursors are carried on prevailing winds from Weld County up against the foothills and to cities located in the area such as Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins in Larimer County. If we add the 466 Guanella wells the Commissioners recently approved to the 10,599 producing wells in Weld County and the 15 planned MRG wells, we’ll have a total of 11,080 wells emitting ozone precursors and harmful pollution for many years to come. All of it pushed up against the foothills and towards the most populous cities in Larimer County. Those of us impacted by oil and gas emission precursors for ozone and other hazardous pollution should have our concerns addressed by the COGCC, Weld County and now MRG’s development in east Loveland, if approved. If the MRG application is approved, I request that the MRG group provide funds for regulatory air quality monitoring in the Loveland area in consultation with CDPHE. CDPHE is evaluating placement of regulatory monitoring in the Loveland area due to a current gap in regulatory monitoring between Fort Collins and Boulder. The monitoring to include ozone, NOx, PM 2.5, methane, VOCs and meteorology. I also request that MRG curtail operations during the ozone season and on days of high pollution including high ozone days and temperature inversions. It’s time to acknowledge the economic, social and health costs to Coloradans of continued 100s upon 100s of drilling permit approvals. https://www.coloradofiscal.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/OG-paper-1-5-23-final.pdf

NO FRACKING
1/7/2023 8:00:15 PM
Investing in petroleum is a fool’s errand. Weld County saw the largest drop in GDP of any county of the same size in 2020. The economic argument falls flat. Invest in the future of Colorado and our children. Not a short term cash grab. No fracking on the front range!

No FRACKING near our homes, School, wetlands, playgrounds, lakes.
1/7/2023 7:10:43 PM
The people who live in the area around Centerra, High Plains School- moved here for so many reasons that include the natural wetland areas, the lakes, the natural habitats. Fracking anywhere around homes, playgrounds, schools, under lakes will affect our water, kill our wildlife, and contaminate our water. I lived in Camp Lejeune and 40 years later they finally admit the water made thousands sick. We do not want to find that in 40 years our children are sick due to the contaminated water caused by fracking. Fracking needs water- where will that water come from? You CANNOT guarantee that fracking won’t cause contamination of the water and ground- until years down the road. Then it is too late. Please find somewhere else to frack. There are so many other open land areas that are not near homes, wildlife, wetlands, lakes, schools, and children where you can frack. Just not here! Please do not do this to our neighborhood- I beg you. No one can guarantee that there will be no ramifications and effects from fracking so close to neighborhoods and lakes- until the harm has happened. This just isn’t right. Frack in open land not near any form of life or water please!!!!!!!

No Fracking!
1/7/2023 6:59:00 PM
I am firmly against the fracking in Loveland!

No Fracking!
1/7/2023 5:15:51 PM
Please do not allow fracking in our neighborhood. It will ruin the environment and all that we try to preserve. Thank you.

Public Comment for: 403096386 - Fracking IN the town of Loveland
1/7/2023 3:44:28 PM
The proposed fracking pads in Loveland need to be moved, far, far away from soccer fields, residences, schools and wildlife migration areas. The VOC's and other contaminants, which are repeatedly registered on air quality tests around fracking pads, would destroy our already poor air quality, currently rated an 'F' by the American Lung Association. The aggressive amount of fresh, renewable water, needed to frack these wells, would leave this already drought-impacted community in harm's way. In the Spring of 2022, for example, Boyd Lake, in Loveland, was sadly not filled, due to drought conditions. Residents, near current fracking wells report increased severe headaches, constant light and noise pollution, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, increased anxiety and birth defects. As a resident of Centerra, in Loveland and a cardiac patient, myself, all of these fracking-related health issues are very concerning. Finally, the same new-to-oil-and-gas developer, also developed the Centerra, Loveland mixed use residential, educational, 'environmental', commercial community. Building communities, where fracking pads have been planned for more than a decade, according to the developer, is unscrupulous. Creating Centerra, as the very first 'National Wildlife-Certified Environmentally Sustainable Community' comes with responsibility, which the developer is trying to abandon with nearby fracking. The COGCC, now, has the authority to seriously consider the negative impacts on air quality, health, water supply and native creatures in what needs to be the supported, sustainable, water-smart community, into which I and many of my neighbors, bought. Thank you for your important role in this matter.

McWhinney request for fracking
1/7/2023 3:31:40 PM
Please do not approve this request for fracking. I oppose this in Loveland Colorado.

No Fracking
1/7/2023 3:28:48 PM
Fracking anywhere in Colorado is not healthy for its citizens or other living things. The water requirement is enormous per well, and that water will ever be reclaimed. The proposal says the water will be carried in, and the waste carried out. It still has to be obtained somewhere and disposed of underground somewhere. If I read the proposal correctly, it appeared that the waste was destined for Timnath—just a few miles up the road. They don’t need or want it either. I am concerned about wasting water, contaminating water, contaminating the air, and destroying habitat for my “certified Wild” neighborhood. The recent report on oil and gas operations contribution to pollution is damning. I do not want this operation to be green-lighted in Loveland.

NO FRACKING
1/7/2023 2:45:51 PM
We moved to Loveland in 2011 to get AWAY from "Big Business always gets its way." We are opposed to Troy McWhinney's self-serving fracking proposal. We are concerned about health risks, water pollution, and seismic activity. Please protect our beautiful city! Loveland must not approve this development. The environmental long term consequences far outweigh any short term benefit. Loveland must stand up for sustainability and the well being of its citizens.

Fracking
1/7/2023 1:32:05 PM
Air quality in Loveland and all over Colorado is very poor not to mention we have been experiencing a drought for a decade at least. I’m opposed to the noise, lights and constant ongoing truck traffic to operate this venture. The science speaks to the health risks and as someone with lung disease the outcomes of fracking will definitely impact my health and others with respiratory conditions. For once show citizens you care about the needs and will of the people who are overwhelmingly against fracking by not allowing this! The McWhinney family is plenty wealthy and their greed knows no limits. They have not repaid a great deal of the debt they owe and promised to repay. They have gouged out enough of our home and do not care about our community, their personal wealth is their only concern and city council, chamber of commerce has allowed them to bleed us dry. Enough is enough! There are far more negative consequences of fracking than positive. Do the right thing and the will of the people and deny them fracking rights. It would be a step in the right direction at rebuilding trust. Walk the walk you have all been talking. Say NO to fracking!

Proposed Fracking in Loveland.
1/7/2023 1:19:15 PM
I live in Loveland. I have 2 daughters, their husbands, and 4 grandchildren who also live in Loveland. I am concerned for their health and welfare, and that of all residents of Loveland should fracking be allowed in or near the city limits. The best available Science includes the warning that Fossil fuel development using fracking will increase our air quality, which is already at unacceptable limits, th

No Fracking in Loveland
1/7/2023 12:10:00 PM
I live in Loveland, and as a resident and citizen of Loveland I strongly request that fracking not be allowed in Loveland and the Loveland area. As air quality continues to become worse, I have had to severely limit my time outside my house when Loveland experiences growing numbers of days with air quality alerts. The pollutants in the air cause me to experience significant respiratory difficulties. Exposure to heightened levels of toxic chemicals such as VOCs known to be produced during the fracking process will exacerbate my problems. Research has shown that exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others. Additionally, emissions from fracking will include methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants that will harm me and the other residents in Loveland. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW FRACKING IN LOVELAND. Rule in favor of the common good of the people of Loveland and the surrounding area by not allowing fracking, and not in favor of those who will profit from polluting our local environment.

No fracking in Loveland
1/7/2023 11:27:39 AM
As a citizen of Loveland. I encourage NO fracking in Loveland. It's one of the last standing towns that hasn't been over taken by fracking. Save our earth, land, and water. No franking in Loveland.

Fracking in the urban corridir
1/7/2023 10:13:26 AM
Just because a developer is capable of “mining” oil via fracking on his land doesn’t mean he should. Is there a substantive reason for disrupting the lives of 100’s of residents just so they can make more money? We’re not running out of oil! It’s all about greed. The impact/benefit ratio cannot be justified. Phil Palmer

Centerra Fracking
1/7/2023 9:54:05 AM
As a resident of Loveland, I am opposed to Troy McWhinney's fracking proposal. I am concerned about health risks, water pollution, and seismic activity. Please protect our beautiful city.

Fracking at Centerra
1/7/2023 7:53:09 AM
I oppose the proposed fracking site near Centerra. The Lakes at Centerra housing development was planned for years and there was never any discussion about fracking prior to these houses being built. It would seem there is plenty of rural land that would be more suited for this project. The residents are already paying higher property taxes due to the Metro District. There are proven health risks associated with fracking. Why do we need to do this so close to the Loveland community?

Please Deny 220700198
1/7/2023 6:59:36 AM
Please deny the request to drill at this site in eastern Loveland. Please make our residents's and our visitor's health your first priority. The air air quality along the Front Range is rated "F"; the proposed fracking site inside Centerra will make it worse. Homes in this eastern area of Centerra, are currently under construction, people are moving into those homes, children are playing in the yards of those homes. A total of 2,800 households are planned and are currently being built in the immediate area of the proposed well pad. Please put people and the air that we breathe first by denying this fracking request.

Health, Safety and Water conservation
1/7/2023 5:06:04 AM
Multiple scientific studies show folks living near fracking have diminished health outcomes, especially our most vulnerable citizens. These pads will be in a housing development..not in the country (as if we all don't share the flowing air we breathe). Congestion fr trucks only increase the danger. And we are in a drought with water conservation needing to be a priority for our future sustainability. This is a horrible decision, yet despite the science my hunch is that none of this matters because GREED is defining ethos of the McWhinney Oligarchy.

No Fracking
1/7/2023 4:48:23 AM
Fracking sites release a poisonous air that includes chemicals known to cause severe headaches, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, and birth defects. There are more than 1,000-plus chemicals used in fracking and many are known to be harmful to the health of humans and the environment of which we are dependent upon for life. Some of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. Fracking has serious and harmful affects due ti the massive amounts of water it requires. Fracking is known to use excessive water causing additional problems in drought prone areas. We are living in an unpredictable and unprecedented drought. There is no sign of abatement. Fracking is irresponsible! Fracking is a temporary and dangerous sources of energy. It’s hideous looking. Loveland Colorado is NOT the place for fracking. Ask a credible scientist and they will tell you fracking is irresponsible!

No fracking
1/6/2023 10:13:00 PM
As residents of Loveland, we stand in opposition to Troy McWhinney’s fracking proposal. We are deeply concerned about the health and safety consequences of such large-scale industrial drilling in our neighborhood, particularly as we were led to believe our community would be a sustainable community. The best available science warns us that fossil fuel development (and “fracking”) will only increase our already poor air quality, threaten local water resources, burden taxpayers, and speed up the catastrophic effects of climate change.1 Fracking your neighbors in Loveland will have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of our lives: Human Health: Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others.2 Research has also shown mental health issues related to constant noise and light pollution, low-frequency vibrations, loss of sleep, disturbances from increased truck traffic, and degraded quality of life leading to chronic stress and depression.3 Water: On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource. Air: Fracking has been known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC’s, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants.4,5 At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at unhealthy levels, we cannot allow fracking to add to our worsening air quality crisis. Public Safety: The risks of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado in 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable. Wildlife: Fracking threatens our local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls.

Fracking in larimer cnty and centerra area
1/6/2023 9:47:17 PM
I was born and raised in Loveland Colorado. I fully object to this proposal. It's alarming to see that this process will consume massive amounts of Water, water that we do NOT have to offer.. to even cover this project! Please! Think about the residents now and of the future. Our children's children and even our Elders. How will they be able to afford water bills? We have to find a new way to aquire fuel and energy, Or we find a Better solution! Stop the greed and selfishness and find Solutions??

Fracking in Centerra Lakes
1/6/2023 8:59:28 PM
Please do not let fracking occur in Centerra Lakes or in Loveland, period. I am very concerned about the water usage as well as the detrimental effects on our air quality. Don’t let them ruin our home!

NO MORE FRACKING!
1/6/2023 8:19:27 PM
For the sake of the health and welfare of our children and all of our community, for the protection of our precious wildlife and environment, for the value of our homes and businesses and the future of Loveland...STOP these plans for more FRACKING NOW! This is ludicrous. It threatens to rob us health, safety, infrastructure, clean air and water. We can't afford the tremendous risks and damage it would cause. We don't have enough water now, let alone to spare millions of gallons for fracking. It's highly unethical to go forward with these plans, so I implore our governing body / leaders to intervene. YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE A HUGE POSITIVE IMPACT BY REVERSING THESE PLANS TO FRACK. Do the right thing.

Please Protect Us!
1/6/2023 7:59:49 PM
I find it hard to believe I need to mention to leaders and developers how scarce our water supply is and will be. Even more so, soon. I believe we can invest in protecting and preserving our environment and our local ecosystems, instead of choosing to pollute the spaces, air and water we depend on. This is a choice that must be made in good conscience for the good of all people, particularly our future generations. You know what to do. No more fracking in Loveland and Larimer County. The gifts we have are priceless. I thank you for your consideration.

Centerra Neighborhood Fracking
1/6/2023 7:51:28 PM
I'm still at a loss of words for the situation that played out for my family of 4 over the last two years. We visited Colorado several times from Minnesota and looked at neighborhoods all over the state. We opted to do a cross country move to the Lakes at Centerra Neighborhood because of the nature that surrounded the home. We built a home during a pandemic. Followed our hearts and still moved from Minnesota with two little boys because we love nature, camping and wildlife. What better place than Colorado to land? What better place to live in than a certified wild habitat. Afterall, Centerra is certified Wild, right? We moved the family in the middle of COVID. New state. Great school nearby. Beautiful lakes. Beautiful wildlife. Then the day we received a piece of mail anything a discussion on oil. Well, that discussion turned into no dialogue, just us being told our homes were going to be the sight of a new Fracking development plan. Minnesota doesn't have Fracking. This was news to us. Mineral rights? Never thought of this because they haven't ever existed in my 40 years of life. Builders claimed no mention of it. Nothing much in our contract other than a blurb. We were marketed to a community that was built in a wildlife habitat, was this really going to be allowed? Our dream home that we built from states away was going to turn into gas operations? Building Fracking pads mile away from home? Building Fracking pads within a mile from kids schools? Soccer fields? That wouldn't be allowed, would it?! Will turns out there's portions of humanity that don't care about the health of citizens, family's, elderly, autoimmune people, the sick, the healthy that will be sick due to the pollution. The potential effect on water contamination, using scarce water resources to track that will then be polluted and never to be used again. What is humanity doing to itself?!? Are we really putting profits over health and safety for kids and families? I'd rather not find out. Instead, after a huge move into our dream home, we had to put our home up for sale and move. Again. We left the neighborhood to avoid what may become a neighborhood that will be fracked, will cause people health issues, will cause property values to plummet and will potentially pollute water and a certified wildlife habitat. I'm out. If a man cannot even keep the community pool up and running, how do you think he'll maintain a Fracking operation?! Mcwhinney proved in my two years of living in Centerra that he is not fit to run an oil and gas operation. I'm grateful our family could afford to move to Fort Collins which doesn't allow Fracking to occur, but there are many family's stuck in Centerra right now unable to move. Mcwhinney sold us on false advertising and marketing. He is more worried about making profits than actually caring about the many family's that are being effected by this short sided decision. Please don't allow these plans to be approved. They are too close to houses with beautiful families, children and wildlife. It's too close to schools and to kiddo playgrounds and splash pads. It's too close to humans trying to make it in a difficult period in human history. Do the right thing here. Stop the Fracking on this neighborhood.

Loveland fracking opposition
1/6/2023 7:25:04 PM
I absolutely oppose urban fracking in Colorado. This location is under EPA scrutiny as filthy air. Fugitive emissions cause smog and other respiratory issues. The City of Loveland can't properly respond to 911 calls to that pad's location. This project requires too much water! Trucking water in cause road congestion. Trucking produced water out is too hazardous for this roadway and location. Please reject this planned project! Thank you!

fracking in or near Loveland
1/6/2023 6:09:45 PM
There is so much fracking underway in this area, it is almost inconceivable that the industry could do even more. The McWhinney proposal to frack in an environmentally sensitive area is obscene. The enormous waste of water at a time when some development is being limited due to a severe drought; the increased pollution of our precious air and water resources; the increased heavy truck traffic endangering the lives of our citizens; the destruction of habitat for endangered wildlife. There is no need for this destruction or our community. Alternative energy sources are plentiful and viable. It is time to stop this destructive activity that exists only to make more money for the developers at the expense of their fellow citizens.

Centerra Loveland Fracking
1/6/2023 5:17:41 PM
The proposed fracking pads in Loveland need to be moved, far, far away from soccer fields, residences, schools and wildlife migration areas. The VOC's and other contaminants, which are repeatedly registered on air quality tests around fracking pads, would destroy our already poor air quality, currently rated an 'F' by the American Lung Association. The aggressive amount of fresh, renewable water, needed to frack these wells, would leave this already drought-impacted community in harm's way. In the Spring of 2022, for example, Boyd Lake, in Loveland, was sadly not filled, due to drought conditions. Residents, near current fracking wells report increased severe headaches, constant light and noise pollution, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, increased anxiety and birth defects. As a resident of Centerra, in Loveland and a cardiac patient, myself, all of these fracking-related health issues are very concerning. Finally, the same new-to-oil-and-gas developer, also developed the Centerra, Loveland mixed use residential, educational, 'environmental', commercial community. Building communities, where fracking pads have been planned for more than a decade, according to the developer, is unscrupulous. Creating Centerra, as the very first 'National Wildlife-Certified Environmentally Sustainable Community' comes with responsibility, which the developer is trying to abandon with nearby fracking. The COGCC, now, has the authority to seriously consider the negative impacts on air quality, health, water supply and native creatures in what needs to be the supported, sustainable, water-smart community, into which I and many of my neighbors, bought. Thank you for your important role in this matter.

Trust Lost or Trust Regained?
1/6/2023 2:15:29 PM
I am wringing this statement to express my opposition to MRG, McWhinney’s plan to frack within the residential areas of Loveland. Many of my neighbors and residents of Loveland have written their statements to the COGCC expressing their fear and concern about the likely damaging effects of fracking in our neighborhoods. Valid concerns ranging from loss of air quality, damage to the water system, risk of seismic activity (there are two fault lines under Boyd Lake), harm to wildlife, increased traffic, potential for spent water spillage and toxic clean up required in neighborhoods, excessive traffic in an already congested area, overall loss of quality of life, and diminished value of homes. I too am stressed beyond measure in regard to that list of concerns that my neighbors have already eloquently stated in MANY previous comments to the COGCC in regard to this ill conceived fracking plan. What I wish to speak to specifically is lack and loss of trust. McWhinney sold very large neighborhoods in the Boyd Lake area marketed largely as Centerra. The advertising for these homes boasted of a Colorado dream containing wild, natural, fresh clean open areas, pristine lakes and even an award winning nature center. NONE of my Centerra area neighbors remember Mr. McWhinney mentioning his future plans of fracking the area. No one remembers the sales office mentioning fracking plans. The neighbors that I have spoken with have lengthy contracts, pages of legalize and not one resident I have spoken with saw the apparent buried one liner nor were they verbally informed of a major fracking plan near and beneath their homes. This is a middle class area in a small city in Loveland, residents are trusting and took McWhinney at his word that they were investing, in what is typically the single largest investment of one’s life, in a bedroom community with a focus of sustainable, natural, beautiful Colorado. Then there was what seems like the biggest trick, what seems like an act of “bait and switch” when McWhinney released a very small number of mailers inviting a handful of the residents of High Plains Village to come have coffee and discuss the “oil and gas opportunity” in the neighborhood. I happened to come across the little know invitation in a resident’s post in a Facebook group and began asking for details, asking if other neighbors knew, and then realizing that this mailer (to so few residents) was likely the first box to check in sneaking this plan by the residents of Loveland. The city of Loveland has a short and outdated oil and gas checklist that begins with “have a meeting.” As word spread on social media about fracking our area neighbors were stunned and terrified. No one could believe that our quiet peaceful neighborhood contained a hidden plan to turn our community into an active oil field. The two City Councilmen for our area were unwilling to meet with neighbors regarding our immediate concerns and we were then forced to take our concerns to social media platforms where we could gather information that was otherwise being hidden from us. In developing the social media forums for communication on Next Door and Facebook we were met with what the oil and gas industry calls “lobbyists", when a more correct term would be vicious internet trolls. We were attacked and belittled by fake accounts “bots” even mocked and ridiculed by oil industry folks that I remember even saying, “Poor losers, they are going to be living in an active oil field!” Followed by mockery and rude comments showing an intent to bulldoze over our concerns. There were many attempts to intimidate and bully neighbors into silence. Thankfully Mayor Marsh and City Councilwoman Samson were willing to listen to residents even though our Ward Four Councilman, Overcash, became absent from conversation. When residents in the “Fracking Concerns” social media groups would reach out to Overcash he would typically direct the residents to email him at his personal business “Sandler” account thus making any statements emailed to him NOT part of an information record that would be kept as part of the city email system. We began seeking nonprofit organizations that maybe able to help us and found support from Colorado Rising and LOGIC. Sadly the COGCC did not have any proactive recourses for residents, It became clear that the COGCC was behaving in what felt like a one-sided behavior that favored the oil and gas industry. Imagine if you will, being a resident in a quiet, largely populated, bedroom community where you had an expectation of peaceful living only to find out that the main developer in the area had been withholding a secret devastating plan and imagine that your own City Councilmen were apparently complicit with the secretive plan. This had become a living nightmare for neighborhood residents. With the addition of Colorado Rising and LOGIC to help neighbors get information, gain assistance, and help facilitate our voice, finally on January 19, 2022 McWhinney decided to speak. McWhinney provided a one way form of communication to residents in the form of a Zoom Webinar. The last I checked that webinar was still posted on his corporate website and I believe that the members of the COGCC must take the time to watch this webinar. It is a powerful example of trust being lost. Here is the link https://vimeo.com/668423063/3edf7398bb In the webinar Mr. McWhinney tells stories and makes statements musing of his lack of knowledge about fracking and his learning curve. He revealed in his webinar that he had indeed planned to frack Centerra for fifteen years. He went on to tout his joy of having grown up in California with an oil Derek in his own backyard. He compared chemicals in fracking fluid to the snack that his daughter was eating. He admitted that he knew nothing about fracking, chemistry and even joyfully mused that he didn’t know what a “chemical” was and had to ask about that not too terribly long ago. The webinar was painfully dummied down and disingenuous, yet this guy wants to force his way into fracking our community and we are supposed to TRUST that he wouldn’t somehow screw things up? We are supposed to TRUST our city councilman who are cozy with this developer? And we are supposed to trust the COGCC to insure that our lives are not ruined by this ill-conceived plan that would turn our neighborhoods into an active oilfield? We need to recognize that in order for residents in Loveland, and Colorado in general, to trust the oil industry that there must be a delineation between what is a neighborhood and what is an active oilfield. It is not reasonable to take an existing residential area and turn it into heavy industrial interests. If the builder is open, up front and makes plans for oil and gas PRIOR to the sale of homes, provides CLEAR WRITTEN DISCLOSURE and CLEAR VERBAL DISCLOSURE to potential buyers that is perhaps a way that oil and gas could “partner” within a community. But what has happened in Loveland has not been an issue that involves trust or transparency. I for one feel tricked and played. That is a profound loss of trust with the developer, the City of Loveland, and the oil and gas industry. I am asking the COGCC to do the right and reasonable thing and deny any further fracking requests within the previously developed residential neighborhoods of Loveland. I believe that in making this stand and setting a delineation between existing unsuspecting residential neighborhoods and planned active oilfields the COGCC would send a trustworthy and positive message to residents in all of Colorado. If we are to value the oil and gas industry and see continued extraction as a reasonable and safe practice the COGCC must take a stand and restore this trust and confidence of the public. Failing to restore this trust only pushes residents of Colorado to find the industry to be a threat to our environment and lives and push in a direction of alternative energy. Please prove to us that you care about our quality of life, our environment, and make a statement that what is happening in Loveland crosses a line. Make a statement that existing neighborhoods are not going to be turned into heavy industrial active oilfields. We need the COGCC to do the right thing for Loveland when others will not. It is an opportunity to save our community and an opportunity for the oil industry to regain some trust in our state. This is your opportunity to be “the good guys” and not the bad. Please deny any and all fracking plans / permits in (and under) existing Loveland neighborhoods. Thank you.

No fracking in Loveland
1/6/2023 1:11:47 PM
Dockett 220700198 Fracking is unsafe in residential areas, it uses way too much water that we don't have and lowers property values. McWhinney doesn't care about any of that that. He is only interested in maximizing profit at the expense of everyone else. Do not allow fracking in Loveland........

Please deny the Centerra East OGDP, MRG LP
1/6/2023 11:20:07 AM
I shall not restate the material I posted in full prior to today. The summary is, I have watched participated in numerous situations where I have witnessed like promises made by coal, industrial, and oil companies for better than 60 years. I have seen few promises carried out in a timely manner and often too late to ensure that safe environments are maintained, preserved, or rehabilitated. To excuse such drilling as to provide jobs, reduce our need on foreign oil, improvement for the community and as a tried and true operation without major worries to the public has been proven to be in error all too often. One only needs to observe such actions on other communities and the failures that caused distress to those areas, E.G. Williston, ND and the Craig area in Colorado. Our environmental progresses and awareness are too often reactionary situations and not proactive actions. Let us change that. Let us protect and improve and not endanger, or look back in 5 to 10 years thinking, "we should have done something", when the damages have been done. I wish to point out that this is not just affecting a one mile area from the proposed drilling sites. Oil production, its resultant actions, fracking can, and do , affect much larger areas. To include that as a quantifier is a unprofessional ply to limit who and who can not commit. The act of fracking intrudes on large underground environments that may encompass miles and miles of strata. The pollution that can occur can not be "sealed" in a one mile zone whether it is air, transport intrusions, or substrata layers. As I stated in my prior missive, the communities, businesses, medical facilities, and food providers adjacent to the named community will be affected. It would make an interesting corridor along the interstate to see such entities posed with the loss of potable water and an becoming as one still sees on a stretch of I270 when entering Aurora. Think to the future, the 5, 10, 50 year plans that one wants for the community and not the plans for one entity's profit and present promises and scare tactics.

This is shameful
1/6/2023 10:31:40 AM
Fracking should not be permitted in this location. It will have short and long term negative impacts on the ecosystem and the humans that live in the vicinity of the proposed project. It is concerning that this project would be allowed near wetlands and housing developments.

No Fracking!
1/6/2023 8:51:38 AM
Do not allow fracking in or near the Loveland area. We want and deserve clean air, water and wetlands. There is no such thing as “safe” fracking.

Protect our children - no fracking in east Loveland
1/6/2023 8:49:35 AM
Fracking emits harmful pollutants that can lead to birth defects, pediatric cancer, asthma and so much more. Fracking also requires thousands of gallons of water, which is mixed with toxic pollutants, rendering it unusable and permanently removing it from our already scarce water supply. Please, do not allow the Centerra East fracking project, docket # 220700198, to proceed.

No More Fracking!
1/6/2023 8:13:33 AM
We need clean air, clean water and a livable climate, not more air-polluting, water-wasting and fracking wells that add to our climate changes.

Docket #220700198
1/6/2023 7:38:01 AM
Colorado and Larimer County can not lose our precious water to the enormous amount of water required in the fracking process. On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource.

Please no fracking
1/5/2023 8:39:37 PM
Please no fracking in Centerra East in general and not in particular by an inexperienced company. The expected environmental damage is huge. There are many alternate energy sources more worth your and the community's engagement.

Basic Human Rights
1/5/2023 7:33:02 PM
Fracking is a clear violation basic human rights named by the United Nations and many, many other organizations. These rights include clean air, clean water, housing, sanitation; property, and mental and physical health. Our elected leaders owe it to us to support basic human rights. Fracking poses undeniable risks to air quality on site, and miles from where drilling takes place. Prevailing winds and mountains do not recognize political boundaries. Unhealthy air from fracking in East Loveland will accumulate in West Loveland where I live. The chemical processes used in drilling and managing wastewater at Centerra fracking sites will emit methane and other dangerous gases. Scientific studies tell us over and over again that benzene and other air pollutants put people at risk for adverse health effects including asthma, lung cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart attacks. Vulnerable populations – infants, children, the elderly, cancer survivors, and those with compromised immune systems – are at greatest risk. A recent multi-year scientific Colorado study found elevated risk of nosebleeds, headaches, and dizziness among people living between 500 and 2,000 feet of drilling sites. Isn’t Covid enough of a challenge to our health at this time? Why would we knowingly add more risk factors for the vulnerable? Every fracking operation uses excessive amounts of trucked in fresh water. Much of this “used” water remains underground, permanently removed from the earth’s hydrologic cycle. Wastewater, or "flowback," contains hydrocarbons, heavy metals, radioactive materials, and a range of dangerous additives. As hazardous waste it requires special handling, but there is no clear agreement about how best to dispose of it. Removing millions of gallons of fresh water each year from future use, particularly given the 1200-year draught we are experiencing makes NO sense at all. We often talk about the property rights of individuals to the minerals on or under their land. But what about the rights of people in Centerra whose enjoyment of their property will be compromised by fracking equipment, noise, and/or contaminants? Loss of property value due to smells, sounds, contamination, or natural beauty robs these people of their property values. It is stealing from them. Hydraulic fracturing is one of the most controversial industrial practices of our time. If Loveland were to stop fracking now, we would be in good company along with the states of Florida, Vermont, New York, Maryland, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii; parts of California and Minnesota; the provinces of Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador, and New Brunswick in Canada; and entire countries such as France, Wales, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Uruguay, Tasmania, and Germany. As more research appears, the list grows. We can still be on the right side of history on this issue. There is still time if we act now to stop fracking and concentrate on affordable renewable energy resources instead. Please think of our future and DO NOT permit fracking in Centerra.

No Fracking in Residential Areas!
1/5/2023 5:51:59 PM
I am a resident of Lakes at Centerra and am very much opposed to the plan to drill for oil and gas using fracking. It has been clearly shown to cause deleterious effects upon our fragile air and water resources and upon the health of human beings and animals: The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal An estimated 20,892 truck trips hauling water, chemicals and toxic waste will be required throughout the first year 33,600 gallons of produced water (highly toxic fracking water) will be stored on site 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water estimated to be used and permanently polluted Emissions will include methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants MRG has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience they have is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly. Fracking is a dangerous process, we can’t roll the dice with MRG.

Don't sacrifice our health for money!
1/5/2023 4:46:03 PM
Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others. We can't afford worse air quality. 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water estimated to be used and permanently polluted. Coloradans and everyone downriver can't spare the clean water. Also MRG has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience they have is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly. Fracking is a dangerous process, we can’t roll the dice with MRG.

Fracking opposition
1/5/2023 4:35:46 PM
I live in Loveland and I wish to oppose the fracking proposed next to the Lakes of Centerra. I understand that these are the things that must be addressed as concerns for those living near the proposed site. 28 homes and 19 High Occupancy Buildings within 1 mile The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal An estimated 20,892 truck trips hauling water, chemicals and toxic waste will be required throughout the first year 33,600 gallons of produced water (highly toxic fracking water) will be stored on site 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water estimated to be used and permanently polluted Emissions will include methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants MRG has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience they have is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly. Fracking is a dangerous process, we can’t roll the dice with MRG.

Please Don't let this Fracking site be built!
1/5/2023 4:34:15 PM
As a resident at Centerra the thought that this is even being considered is disheartening. For a place that claims love and beauty I'm not comprehending why this is a consideration. The amount of impact it has on animal life and human life in such a congested area makes no sense. This almost seems like a move of greed over all other things. I have seriously considered moving if this is built and I'll take my spending elsewhere. Not that I'm against the oil or gas companies I'm against putting the harm that it can cause in the heart of Centerra. I don't need to explain how bad some of the effects are because I would assume you've done your research. Please do not let this go into effect, don't let greed be the downturn to centerra. Let the people know you stand by us in supporting our movement to decline this. Make us happy we live and choose Loveland as our home!

Opposed the Fracking
1/5/2023 4:21:05 PM
I am a resident of the Lakes of Centerra. I would not have built a home there if I had been aware that there was proposed fracking. One of the selling points was the wildlife habitat. There are many homes within a mile of the proposed fracking site which would be a hazard to health. The potential toxic water and air is a risk to public safety and wildlife. I am strongly opposed to the projected development.

Centerra Fracking pad
1/5/2023 4:02:43 PM
I vehemently oppose allowing a fracking well at Centerra East. It has been determined that 40% of the ozone pollution that we suffer in west Fort Collins is coming from methane released by fracking operations to the east of our town. It is way past time to stop the existing fracking wells, plug the old ones and stop any further drilling. Climate scientists have made it clear that we must wean ourselves off of fossil fuels as quickly as possible to avoid catastrophic global warming. We need to do our part.

PLEASE...NO FRACKING!
1/5/2023 3:40:42 PM
As a resident of Northern Colorado since 1988, I have seen many changes and one of those changes has been fracking. Seeing our beautiful landscape dotted with a huge amount of fracking wells is quite a juxtaposition to our natural environment. To be a state that so many people throughout this country see as a natural beauty and supposably to have a higher number of healthy residents, we sure are ruining that with fracking. Colorado’s air quality has been the worst in the country at times. We have many days during the year with poor air quality. I have seen the bright crisp blue skies fade since 2012. I use to be able to look toward the mountains and foothills and actually see clearly the peaks and rolls. Now all I see is haze. Another issue is the amount of water that is used during the fracking process. We will never see that water again, gone forever. We are hearing about and living through water shortages. The Colorado River was drained of water this past summer. Less water snowballs into many other issues. Other issues with fracking include water contamination and soil contamination. I have seen fracking wells on fire while driving on 1-25. A house in Firestone exploded in 2017 due to a severed line that leaked natural gas. It amazes me how short-sited this country is and our state. Looking towards the future means looking a few months ahead, not years into the future. We are reactive instead of pro-active. I have seen this many times in Colorado. PLEASE, look further into the future and invest in the people in the community. NO FRACKING PLEASE!

CENTERRA OIL DRILLING
1/5/2023 3:38:07 PM
I am a concerned citizen who feels that we need to contribute to the global warming crisis by weaning off of oil and gas. Yes, I am dependent on it like everyone else, but at 84 try to ride my bike on all errands and short trips. ( a drop in the bucket I realize!) I feel the answer is definitely not to drill more, causing pollution issues and using vast amounts of water that is in short supply during the process. The neighborhood should not be exposed to the resulting pollution as well. The McWhinney people have brought business to Loveland area, and have been resoundingly successful. They have also given back to the community in many ways. But this is a classic example of greed winning over good sense. Thank you for hearing me out. Janet Armstrong

Opposing the proposed MRG oil and gas development proposal near Centerra
1/5/2023 3:31:32 PM
We want to go on record as opposing the development of fracking sites near the Centerra neighborhoods of Loveland. While the initial proposal may fall within the letter of COGCC regulations in terms of setbacks from existing development, McWhinney has made no secret of his desire to build other residential developments near the proposed drilling and production sites. Reverse setbacks for such development, alas, are much less which means those newer developments will be within an unsafe distance to those oil and gas projects throughout the length of their extractive service life. As well, given my understanding of the poor maintenance that seems to be a norm among oil and gas production companies, the inevitable leakage of methane, NOx, and other volatile organic compounds will reach far beyond the immediate neighborhood of these sites. The Front Range has been in serious non-compliance in terms of air quality for years, and oil and gas development is known to be a key contributor to that. Finally, we have serious concerns about the amount of water that will be required to operate the fracking operations in question. There has been no significant development to process the wastewater of these operations for reintroduction into our hydrologic cycle, so it can only be disposed of by transportation to sites where it is injected deep into the ground. This is NOT returning it to the aquifers of our region, but a permanent loss of a vital resource. At a time when climate change has induced long term drought in our region, the removal of massive quantities of water from our water cycle cannot be justified in any way at all. There are others speaking eloquently on the many issues affection our regional health, safety, and environment. For these reasons and those we have cited here, we stand opposed to the projected development of oil and gas by Troy McWhinney's organization outside of Loveland near Centerra.

Docket # 220700198 - NO FRACKING
1/5/2023 1:57:40 PM
I am a resident of the Lakes of Centerra. I moved here specifically because of its certification as a wildlife habitat and the High Plains Environmental Center. It was my understanding that the owner McWhinney was a proponent of respecting and preserving the environment. When I worked with the builder of my home, there was never any information about the plan for a future fracking sight. It certainly would have caused me some confusion about the underlying intentions of the master planner of this "suburbitat." If I had known fracking was part of the plan, I would not have moved to this location. I am sorely disappointed and wonder if this should have been disclosed in my contract. In this time of climate action, the move toward sustainable energy, and the exposure of corporate greed, how is it that a fracking sight is even being proposed? Please no fracking.

Docket # 220700198 - Fracking has no place here
1/5/2023 1:50:49 PM
I reside in Fort Collins but have been involved in anti-fracking activism since 2012. The proposal by McWinney to drill a number of wells at the Centerra location is shocking. How can the COGCC say they are abiding by the spirit and intention of the SB-1818 law to put health and safety of people and the environment FIRST, and allow such a project to be permitted? Such hypocritical actions only build distrust among the public, and builds distrust among the public that the COGCC is adhering to the law, and continuing to favor the O&G industry. You could restore that trust by denying this permit, quite validly, on the basis of the health and environmental risks involved. Rick Casey webmaster: larimeralliance.org, larimerallianceblog.org, focosustainability.org, colivableclimate.org, ncalf.org

Fracking should be banned
1/5/2023 1:42:01 PM
Have we learned nothing from Oklahoma's earthquakes? Have we learned nothing from science about how short-sighted this is, how long term damage to our earth be the result? How can you even consider this as an option?????

NO Frack Pad needed in Larimer County
1/5/2023 1:41:53 PM
I am agaisn't a Frack pad located in Centerra area. enough of this air quaiity night mare. VOC's harm animal and human LIFE. Thank You.

fracking
1/5/2023 1:39:34 PM
Now is not the time to allow fracking anywhere. Water shortages and global warming need to addressed. I personally suffer from COPD and need clean air to breathe. Stop McWhinneys!

Please deny the Centerra East OGDP, MRG LP, Docket # 220700198
1/5/2023 1:12:27 PM
Docket # 220700198 Please deny the Centerra East OGDP. The COGCC has a mandate to protect Public Health, Safety, Welfare, the Environment and Wildlife as a priority over oil and gas development. Continuing to approve oil and gas development plans before Cumulative Impact Rulemaking has been completed and before the COGCC has adopted a definition of, and requirements for, cumulative impacts is unconscionable. You are the only ones with the regulatory/legal power to deny and thus, you are responsible for the health and environmental impacts of every permit you approve. And, the health impacts are undeniable. Fracking is known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC's, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants. At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at extremely unhealthy levels, we cannot allow an additional wellpad to add to our worsening air pollution especially given the EPA’s categorization of “severe” surface ozone in the nonattainment area. Emissions from Centerra East, within the nonattainment area, will include hazardous air pollutants. MRG has no experience drilling new wells and this permit. My family and I live in Larimer County. I have asthma as do my children and grandchildren. We will be directly impacted by Centerra East. Polluted air from east of us banks up against the foothills; we have some of the worst air in CO—and some days our air quality vies for the worst in the world. Evidence for increased asthma attacks and long-term impact on heart and lung health is irrefutable. Last April Physicians for Social Responsibility released the 8th edition of its fracking “Compendium.” It reports some 2,000 abstracts and links to medical, scientific and investigative reports about the consequences of oil and gas drilling, fracking, and infrastructure…irrefutable evidence that fracking-related activities harm public health, the environment, and the climate. https://psr.org/resources/fracking-compendium-8/ Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others. Research has also shown mental health issues related to constant noise and light pollution, low-frequency vibrations, loss of sleep, disturbances from increased truck traffic, and degraded quality of life leading to chronic stress and depression. Fossil Fuel emissions are THE cause of climate change. Methane is up to 86 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere over a 20-year period. As fracking emits dangerous amounts of methane, it is contributing to longer droughts, decreased snowpack, and increased frequency and severity of wildfires, from which we increasingly suffer. Summer heat dome impacts, the pressure on wildlife, environmental impacts to the land. The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal Centerra is named Colorado’s only certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and home to thousands of residences, schools, nearly 150 different species of animals, pollinators, and lakes. I am curious to as why their submitted form 2b states, “Data not required.” And, “No HPH will be disturbed with this project.” [These responses found under, Form 2b: List High Priority Habitats (HPH) that occur within one mile of the Oil & Gas Location and list the distance from working pad surface. If the location is partially or entirely within a HPH list the distance as ‘0’ and provide the estimated acreage disturbance of that HPH by the location construction.] Air, water and the land have no boundaries for our birds, pollinators and wildlife. The massive amount of fresh water projected to be used and permanently polluted (116,550,000 gallons) with 33,600 gallons of highly toxic produced water stored on site adds potential environmental devastation. The statistical probability of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado since 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable. In addition, in regards to cumulative impacts, per the 2b submitted for the Centerra East OGDP there is ZERO beneficial equipment or facility removal: NO plugged and reclaimed wells, NO tanks removed, NO reclaimed acres, pits, NO reduced vehicle trips. This parcel of land, apparently not previously extracted, but designed to be future residential, will first be exposed to emissions, leaking infrastructure and equipment from oil, gas, produced water, and THEN homes and schools will be built—and can be built much closer once fracked. This is a shell game with lives at stake. Please use your authority to deny this permit. If you approve it, then at a minimum, please hold this permit in line with accumulated cumulative impact data. You have precedent to do so. You did so during the pause in Mission Change rulemaking. Prior to being seated on the COGCC, “Robbins said any permits approved while rule-making is on hold will be approved with criteria intended to align with the goals of SB181.” (https://www.denverpost.com/2020/03/28/coronavirus-colorado-oil-gas-rules/)

No fracking in Loveland-Stop McWhinney
12/29/2022 4:18:10 PM
Fracking has no place in Loveland. It is not safe, uses water we don't have, and will hurt property values. Don't let greed and profit get in the way of what the people of Loveland want. NO FRACKING in Loveland.

Docket # 220700198 - NO FRACKING
12/24/2022 9:54:28 AM
I am a resident of Centerra it’s Colorado’s only Certified Community Wildlife Habitat - home to about 150 different kinds of birds, fish and mammals - plus a suburbitat of homes and schools. It is why I moved to Centerra. The health of neighborhoods, children, families, wildlife, and natural habitats are directly related to how we treat and care for our environment. VOTE NO because our community needs clean air, clean water and a livable climate, not more air-polluting, water-wasting and climate-killing carbon bombs! VOTE NO! Do not sacrifice the health of many to add to the wealth of one.

NO to fracking in The Lakes of Centerra - Docket # 220700198
12/23/2022 5:01:56 PM
We purchased our home in the Lakes of Centerra due to its their widely publicized focus on "nature and the environment". We were informed a year later that McWhinney is going to frack the development. There are 28 homes and 19 High Occupancy Buildings within 1 mile. The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal. An estimated 20,892 truck trips hauling water, chemicals and toxic waste will be required throughout the first year. 33,600 gallons of produced water (highly toxic fracking water) will be stored on site. 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water estimated to be used and permanently polluted. Emissions will include methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants. Fracking is a dangerous process and now the plan is to use MRG? MRG has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience MRG has is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly. There is nothing the city of Loveland and its residents have to gain with the McWhinney fracking initiative.

Heath concerns related to MRG proposal to develop Oil dn Gas wells in Loveland, Colorado
12/23/2022 2:21:49 PM
I am a retired Family Physician and have practiced and lived in Loveland since 1977. I have studied the health concerns related to hydraulic fracturing. According to Larimer Co., 44% of the VOC's and Nox that make up our ozone problem comes from oil and gas development. Our air pollution problem remains "severe", and, on many days, threatens the health of those with respiratory and cardiovascular disease as well as children and even the unborn. I have spoken to MRG's "health and safety" advisor. He can offer no reassurance that these new wells in our community will be less polluting than those in Weld Co. that currently threaten the health of our community. In addition, the millions of gallons of potable water used to frack these wells comes at a time when water insecurity is a growing issue. Health and safety of front range citizens should be your primary focus. If we are to safeguard the most vulnerable of our citizens, please reject the permit for these wells in Loveland. Thank you! I welcome any questions you may have.

Reject McWhinney’s permit COGCC Docket # 220700198
12/23/2022 11:52:02 AM
To COGCC Docket # 220700198 I am writing to express my strong objection to McWhinney’s permit to develop 2 drill pads in eastern Loveland for the following reasons: 1. Water is becoming a more precious resource. With the amount of development on the Front Range, water availability is becoming more of a constraint than we are prepared to face. Eastern Colorado as well as communities in neighboring states need water for agriculture. Fracking uses too much water that becomes permanently polluted. That is an unacceptable WASTE! 2. From what I have read, MRG has no experience in drilling new wells. In fact, it sounds like the small number of wells they have taken over are poorly manage. Colorado’s air quality is suffering and we do not need inexperienced companies exploiting our natural resources. 3. Traffic in Loveland is already bad. We do not need increased traffic, especially industrial vehicles on roads near homes and high rises. 4. While the state of Colorado has regulations for the oil and gas industry, I do not believe they are enforced to the level they are required to be at. In addition, the City of Loveland has not enacted rules to ensure that McWhinney would be responsible for the total cost of any clean up. My tax dollars should not be used to clean up abandoned wells. To the best of my knowledge, it is already costing the state of Colorado $8 billion dollars. Before approving any new permits, Loveland needs to be PROACTIVE in ensuring taxpayers do not end up paying for industrial irresponsibility. I expect Loveland to get their ducks in row before passing off any potential costs to taxpayers. I want clean air and water. With the sharp rise in health care costs, the people of Loveland deserve to have their health protected. Fracking the area where I live does not give that to me. Once we sully the environment, it will cost us far more than we are prepared to manage. Please reject McWhinney’s petition to drill in Loveland.

Centerra East Fracking pad, Docket # 220700198
12/22/2022 7:18:03 PM
Commissioners: We just want to state our opposition to the Mc Whinney organization's proposal to set up fracking sites East of Loveland. While conceivably within allowable parameters under COGCC rules, local communities are not pleased to have this moving in as close as it as. And Mc Whinney has made no secret that he intends to get the drilling going as soon as possible so that projected future housing developments can be built closer to those pads under the more lax constraints of reverse setbacks. That in and of itself is enough to raise serious doubts about this proposal. Mr. Mc Whinney cannot have it both ways, serving as the steward of Colorado's only Community Wildlife Habitat and usher in a round of questionable oil and gas development that will only serve to foul our air and permanently remove valuable water out of the hydrologic cycle. This permit should not be approved.

Docket # 220700198
12/22/2022 4:14:03 PM
Hello Commissioners- I am writing to urge you to DENY the permit for the Centerra East Fracking pad, Docket # 220700198. Centerra is named Colorado’s only certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. It is home to thousands of homes, schools, nearly 150 different species of animals, pollinators, and lakes. Fracking uses huge amounts of fresh water, which then becomes toxic, making it unsuitable for any use. This is unconscionable anywhere, and especially in our state which is facing drought and desertification. Fracking emits large amounts of toxic air pollutants such as methane, generates a lot of noise, which leads to loss of animal and plant habitats. Our health is connected to the way we treat our environment. The same air pollutants can lead to severe headaches, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, and birth defects. These pollutants are also potent green house gases, contributing to global warming. I don't know why this commission does not understand the seriousness and urgency of the impacts we are facing due to climate degradation from the heating of the planet. Extraction and burning of fossil fuels is causing damage to the systems that sustain life on this planet, and the more we burn, the greater the damage. The rational solution is to STOP all new fossil fuel development, and draw down current use quickly. We can no longer do business “as usual” because it is destroying civilization “as usual”. Please stop ignoring the pleas of citizens and the warnings that the climate impacts are already giving us. Please deny the Centerra East permit! Thank-you, Barbara Krupnik-Goldman

Let's talk about the CE Pad being proposed, not somewhere else
12/22/2022 2:42:36 PM
As someone whose property borders that of the Kinston development where the MRG drilling will take place, and as someone that lives within 3800 feet of the proposed new drill site and less than 3000 feet of the similar existing fracking based site across County Road 3 I can’t help but see many of the negative comments voiced here as hypocritical and inaccurate. As I write this it is minus 13 degrees out. I am keeping warm by heating my house with natural gas. At mealtimes I use my gas range for cooking. My car is over 12 years old so I’m stuck using gasoline. For those that don’t want new development of gas and oil then I would hope that they let us know what alternative fuels they are using for heating their homes and driving older cars. Unless you refuse to heat your home or do your cooking with natural gas, and avoid using gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks, and refuse to purchase goods moved across the country by diesel powered trucks and trains, only then can we reduce its production. Until we have better alternatives, your oil and gas supply has to come from somewhere. Gas and oil use is not ideal, but until economic alternatives are developed, obtaining it from local sources limits the potential for ocean spills and pipeline leaks. Hopefully, within 20 years we can stop using oil and gas, but for now, it drives our economy. More than anything, let’s make it clear that the drilling taking place from the CE Pad wells does not reach, nor will, drill under the Lakes at Centerra as many commenters here have suggested. This seems misguided since in the plans for the CE Pad location, the farthest extent of the drilling doesn’t even reach close to that area. As the well access site is over 2.6 miles away from the “Lakes” location, it is foolish to think that traffic and noise from the drill site would affect their wildlife and lifestyles. I-25 and US-34 are 1.2 and 1.0 miles away from the Lakes, and has hundreds of times more traffic noise and pollution than the wells would create during its lifetime. If and when the proposal for the CS Pad well is made, then these arguments might be considered, but not for this application for the CE Pad. I also read that the wildlife that will be decimated by the drilling; (“(it) will destroy the only certified wildlife habitat here”). This is a proposal for the CE Pad. There is no wildlife habitat, certified or other, on any of this land. Again, one might speak up when and if the CS pad is proposed, but such concerns have nothing to do with the CE Pad location. Regarding the wildlife in the CE Pad area, the land being used by Kinston, under which the wells will be drilled, has been plowed and planted in winter wheat (and sunflowers one year) after being treated with Roundup ™ for the last 25 years. I know because I live 3800 feet from the CE Pad location and less than 3000 feet from the existing 5 fracking wells that were drilled and have been operating safely and quietly (except for the 30 days of initial drilling) here since 2015. No wildlife lived in the proposed CE drill site due to the farming except for the occasional coyote making its way to other areas for hunting. Outside of that area, and within 3000 feet of the existing wells, in just the past two years, we have had great horned owls and red tailed hawks successfully nesting and reproducing on our property. There are over 200 prairie dogs happily living here as well. Migrating turkey, eagles, turkey vultures have come by to feed each year without fail since the existing wells began operating 7 years ago. Many comment here are about how rich wildlife around the Lakes at Centerra (over 2.5 miles away from the wells) will be lost as a result of the drilling. Apparently, this wildlife has not been bothered by the 5 existing wells drilled a distance of only 300 feet farther to the east of the proposed drilling CE site in 2015. Hopefully the COOGC will consider facts over fears in making their decisions.

Stop McWhinney
12/22/2022 8:43:59 AM
Consider the following points: Water On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. *In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource.* Air Fracking has been known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC's, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants. *At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at unhealthy levels, we cannot allow fracking to add to our worsening air quality crisis.* Public Safety The risks of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado in 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. *Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable.* Wildlife Fracking threatens our local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls. Climate Methane is up to 86 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere over a 20-year period. As fracking emits dangerous amounts of methane, it is contributing to longer droughts, decreased snowpack, and increased frequency and severity of wildfires, all of which we are already suffering the tremendous impacts of. Economic The City of Loveland has not enacted rules to ensure that McWhinney would be responsible for the total cost of clean up. Cleaning up and plugging abandoned and orphaned wells could cost Loveland taxpayers millions of dollars. In Colorado, bonding requirements are a meager $10,000 - $100,000 regardless of the number of wells drilled. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission estimates an average cost of $80,000 - $120,000 to clean up and remediate one well, rendering the bonds paid by oil and gas companies inadequate. Local municipalities - and taxpayers - are left to foot the bill. Statewide, this already amounts to more than $8 billion dollars. -------- It's unbelievable that this request to frack this close to the city of Loveland, this close to a nature reserve, at a time of extreme drought is even being considered. This is, this should have been a BIG NO when it was first proposed! Stop allowing McWhinney to endanger Northern Colorado! He does not need to make his bank accounts fatter at our expense!

Docket # 220700198
12/20/2022 5:37:37 PM
We need clean air, clean water and a livable climate, not more air-polluting, water-wasting and climate-killing carbon emissions. Please consider the following impacts in regulations of Centerra fracking: 28 homes and 19 High Occupancy Buildings are within 1 mile. The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal. An estimated 20,892 truck trips hauling water, chemicals and toxic waste will be required throughout the first year. 33,600 gallons of produced water (highly toxic fracking water) will be stored on site. 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water estimated to be used and permanently polluted. Emissions will include methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants MRG has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience they have is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly. Fracking is a dangerous process; we can’t roll the dice with MRG.

McWhinney Proposed Fracking
12/20/2022 12:33:04 PM
When are we going to put children, individuals, wildlife and the environment (clean air and water) above the power and greed of corporations and people who hold us hostage for their own personal benefit. We cannot and will not be placated by your false claims of "safe" fracking means. Stop this insanity and put your money and expertise toward more human and sustainable energy.

docket number 220700198
12/20/2022 9:01:07 AM
The Centerra project violates the Commission's own Mission Statement ("in a manner that protects public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources"). It endangers housing, wetlands, water resources. It will remove water from the aqua-cycle in an area known for drought, will store produces water on site to evaporate, will further harm the air in an ozone non attainment area. In short, proceeding with this project could be viewed as arbitrary and capricious.

Stop fracking in Loveland
12/20/2022 7:58:54 AM
I am opposed to fracking in Loveland. The amount of fresh water used and polluted is not in the best interest of community members. The well proven, unavoidable, and virtually unregulated air pollution is also not in the best interest of the community and the environment.

Docket # 220700198
12/20/2022 7:45:05 AM
This fracking project needs to be stopped. The risk of polluting our critical water resources is too great. The IPCC has made it clear that we need to stop adding any new oil and gas operations and phase out the ones already in existence in order to have any chance of limiting climate change to prevent catastrophic impacts. Please do not allow this project to go forward.

Contemplate and stop Centerra fracking!
12/19/2022 10:13:01 PM
Docket # 220700198 Reasons why this fracking operation is unacceptable: The operation poses a serious threat to 28 homes and 19 High Occupancy Buildings within 1 mile. The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal. This is no partnership and we must choose which part can be relinquished. An estimated 20,892 truck trips hauling water, chemicals and toxic waste will be required throughout the first year - unacceptable! 33,600 gallons of produced water (highly toxic fracking water) will be stored on site 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water estimated to be used and permanently polluted - unacceptable! Emissions will include methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants MRG has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience they have is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly. Fracking is a dangerous process. We must stop it now.

Stop the madness ...
12/19/2022 5:40:59 PM
The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal with 28 homes and 19 High Occupancy Buildings within 1 mile of the pad. We estimate 100 million gallons of fresh surface water will be used and permanently polluted over the life of the pad. How can we to do this given the huge water issues on the Poudre and Colorado Rivers? And - to make it a complete disaster - the emissions of methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants from the wells will cause health effects through Larimer and Western Weld Counties. Finally - the company seeking these permits (MRG) has zero experience drilling new wells - fracking is a dangerous process and we can expect many problems as a result. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world - and we consistently try to destroy it. As a resident of western Weld County, I will be exposed to the pollution arising from the CE pad (and the recently approved Guanella CAP) ... but I am 65 so that might not be an issue to the COGCC. But when I cannot have my granddaughter visit because of hazardous emissions or ozone warnings - it is a VERY BIG DEAL. I would hope that the COGCC would intervene on grating this request however it seems that the public has very little voice over these issues these days and so big money will win again. So sad.

Docket 220700198
12/19/2022 3:25:08 PM
Please do not allow fracking so close to wetlands and homes. People deserve to have safe living situations, breathable air, and clean water. Fracking does not belong near Loveland proper.

McWhinney Fracking
12/18/2022 3:09:24 PM
Please do not allow fracking in Loveland. There are many homes near the area and we need clean air, and clean water for our health as well as to sustain the wildlife environment. Fracking is dangerous, an estimated 20,892 truck trips hauling water, chemicals, and toxic waste would be required throughout the first year. 33,600 gallons of produced water (highly toxic fracking water) would be stored on-site 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water are estimated to be used and permanently polluted. Keep Loveland safe, clean, and family-friendly by voting against fracking.

Science Matters
12/17/2022 2:09:13 PM
With all the scientific information we have about the detrimental effects of drilling & fracking, why would even one more well be licensed? Because there are pro-industry people involved with COGCC who will fight for the companies that cause all this destruction. Why? Follow the money. It seems to be the driving factor. Are the profits really worth destroying health & quality of life? The environment? Change is hard and there are people who will fight it. But change is coming because it must. Please, do the right thing and stop licensing new drilling. Electrification is the future.

Ban Fracking in Loveland
12/17/2022 9:55:50 AM
Docket #220700198. Stop the insanity!!! Fracking in Loveland will pollute the air and water and lower property values. Fracking this close to residential housing and schools is irresponsible, all in the name of GREED and PROFIT. Shame on you if you allow it to happen!!!

COGCC: Reread your Mission Statement and abide by it!
12/17/2022 7:44:41 AM
From your website: The mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is to regulate the development and production of the natural resources of oil and gas in the state of Colorado in a manner that protects public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources. This fracking proposal by MRG in Centerra will not lower inflation, will not provide oil & gas independence, and will not significantly alter the supply of reserves. It WILL, however, as history has borne out, pose significant risks in the form of increased VOC’s, noise levels, light pollution, and the possibility of seismic activity within the local community, negatively impacting the lives of Loveland residents and placing wildlife and precious water resources at needless risk. We are truly dismayed that this proposal, yet another step AWAY FROM the process of arresting climate change, is under consideration by the COGCC. It is time to pivot away from rubber stamping more fracking. We ask that the COGCC actually FOLLOW its mission statement this time and place the health and welfare of residents over the goals of business. Refuse this request. (Docket #220700198).

Docket # 220700198
12/16/2022 4:05:15 PM
We are all aware of the public health and environmental hazards created by fracking. These are well documented in public health and environmental research journals. We also know that existing wells are leaking, and that oil and gas show little enthusiasm to repair and maintain these existing sites. If this proposal is approved, Loveland residents will face the threat to public health, watershed pollution, increased truck traffic and road deterioration to meet water requirements (over 100 million gallons!). Today, the front range is already starting to face the consequences of already stress watersheds. Where will the water come from to meet the enormous water requirements of these wells?!! Is the greed for money worth the reduced quality of life for our community? This project does not seem aligned with current environmental and public health reality along the front range. Based on current practices, oil and gas do not attend to the ongoing methane and benzene leaks

McWhinney proposed fracking
12/16/2022 12:24:30 PM
Our need for water has already surpassed our supply, and McWhinney wants to use what little we have to FRACK?!?!? It is unacceptable and unconscionable for Loveland to allow the use of public water, which is a non-renewable resource, to advance their monetary business goals to access fuel that is unnecessary. Put in a solar field. Period.

Protect Quality of Life in Larimer County!!!
12/16/2022 11:38:20 AM
The proposed Centerra East fracking pad in Loveland is home to thousands of homes, schools, nearly 150 different species of animals, pollinators, and lakes. Fracking emits large amounts of toxic air pollutants such as methane and generates excess noise which leads to the loss of animal and plant habitats. In humans, these pollutants can also lead to severe headaches, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, & birth defects. Our health is directly connected to the health of our environment; please protect both by avoiding more pollution with fracking in beautiful Larimer County!

McWhinney fracking
12/16/2022 11:34:55 AM
Docket #220700198 Troy McWhinney's application for fracking must be stopped. We need water in this area - all the lakes are way down - and he will use it all for fracking and will destroy the only certified wildlife habitat here. We moved to this area because of the wildlife and now it will be destroyed. Greely school district already has problems with the water there. Let's not let it happen here. Such a beautiful area is going to be destroyed.

Docket # 220700198
12/16/2022 10:45:34 AM
NO FRACTING!! Bad for people, animals, and the environment. This is a clear NO for a location that is near schools and homes.

McWhinney fracking
12/15/2022 6:37:37 PM
28 homes and 19 High Occupancy Buildings within 1 mile The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal An estimated 20,892 truck trips hauling water, chemicals and toxic waste will be required throughout the first year 33,600 gallons of produced water (highly toxic fracking water) will be stored on site 116,550,000 gallons of fresh surface water estimated to be used and permanently polluted Emissions will include methane, benzene and many other hazardous air pollutants MRG has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience they have is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly Fracking is a dangerous process, we can’t roll the dice with MRG Human Health Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others. Research has also shown mental health issues related to constant noise and light pollution, low-frequency vibrations, loss of sleep, disturbances from increased truck traffic, and degraded quality of life leading to chronic stress and depression. Water On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource. Air Fracking has been known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC's, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants. At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at unhealthy levels, we cannot allow fracking to add to our worsening air quality crisis. Public Safety The risks of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado in 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable. Wildlife Fracking threatens our local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls. Climate Methane is up to 86 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere over a 20-year period. As fracking emits dangerous amounts of methane, it is contributing to longer droughts, decreased snowpack, and increased frequency and severity of wildfires, all of which we are already suffering the tremendous impacts of. Economic The City of Loveland has not enacted rules to ensure that McWhinney would be responsible for the total cost of clean up. Cleaning up and plugging abandoned and orphaned wells could cost Loveland taxpayers millions of dollars. In Colorado, bonding requirements are a meager $10,000 - $100,000 regardless of the number of wells drilled. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission estimates an average cost of $80,000 - $120,000 to clean up and remediate one well, rendering the bonds paid by oil and gas companies inadequate. Local municipalities - and taxpayers - are left to foot the bill. Statewide, this already amounts to more than $8 billion dollars.

Docket #220700198
12/15/2022 6:15:42 PM
Please do not allow fracking so close to a densely populated suburb and wildlife habitat. The risks are well documented. May I appeal to your good conscience and ask yourself if you want your family to live so close to fracking and all the hazards. PLEASE do not allow fracking.

No Fracking in Loveland
12/15/2022 5:55:40 PM
It is almost 2023. We are on track to blow past 450 ppm CO2 in our atmosphere, we are experiencing massive and unstoppable climate change and no amount of drilling and fracking is going to be enough for the morons that still don't (want) to understand that our single greatest threat to all of us, our entire ecosystem and every oxygen breathing organism on earth is climate change. NO MORE FRACKING AND DRILLING. ONLY renewables, no more fossil fuel projects. NONE. Because we neet to at least make an effort to save our beautiful planet and our own communities. We need clean air, clean water and a livable climate, not more air-plluting, water-wasting and climate-killing carbon bombs!

MCR and High Plains School shouldn't be compromised
12/15/2022 5:17:46 PM
Please do not allow fracking near Centerra! Medical Center of the Rockies is one of the area's best hospitals, the patients and staff do not need to worry about pollution and earthquakes. All of the children living in the area and attending High Plains should not have to worry either. Fracking will line the pockets of very few people in our community (who are already filthy rich) and expose thousands of Loveland's school children, residents, hospital patients and business employees to harm. Not to mention all of the animals and the environment who will surely suffer! The McWhinney's have made enough money, they need to leave the environment and the people of Loveland alone. I haven't met a single person who's day to day life will be affected by this oil fracking site that is in favor of it. The people are loud and clear. DO NOT LET THEM FRACK IN LOVELAND.

Docket # 220700198 - The Centerra oil and gas development is irresponsible
12/15/2022 5:07:02 PM
Commission members - the Centerra oil and gas development is irresponsible and inappropriate for the area which it is proposed. It is home to thousands of homes, schools, nearly 150 different species of animals, pollinators, and lakes. Not to mention large scale health care facilities which is significant when considering the air pollution this activity will generate directly and indirectly. Please deny this on the grounds of public safety, health, and certainly environment based on the unique characteristics of this area.

Docket # 220700198 (Stop the Centerra East fracking in Loveland)
12/15/2022 4:32:26 PM
Please deny the permitting for the Centerra East Fracking in Loveland. It is far too close to homes and sensitive wildlife areas. There are 28 homes and 19 High Occupancy Buildings within 1 mile. The Centerra East pad is within ½ mile of wetlands along the corridor of the Loveland Greeley Canal. Spills, leaks, explosions, air pollution, truck traffic, pipelines and new roads will ruin this area, not to mention spoiling the natural views. This area was promoted by developers as a healthy wild place to build new homes. These new owners were duped by greed and misinformation - now they will be poisoned night and day or unable to sell their land to escape the toxic environment. Shame on Troy McWhinney. Shame on Loveland. Shame on the COGCC. Fracking threatens the local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls. The company that would drill in this area (MRG) has zero experience drilling new wells. The only experience they have is taking over a small number of old wells and managing them poorly. This company can’t be trusted. Fracking near homes and occupied buildings is already an extremely dangerous process, we can’t roll the dice with MRG. Please do the right thing and deny this permit. There is no need to ram fracking rigs next to people's homes and into wildlife zones. The people of Loveland don't want this. The climate can not take more extraction and burning of fossil fuels. The COGCC must consider the Health and Safety (as per SB181) of its actions and must deny permits like these. They clearly go against the spirit of SB181.

No fracking
12/11/2022 6:14:37 PM
Keep Loveland a special place to live and do not allow this fracking.

Deny permission for fracking at Lakes at Centerra
12/10/2022 2:24:04 PM
I live just a few miles west of Centerra. For many reasons, fracking should not be allowed there. It is a very densely populated area. Research shows over and over again the ill health effects of fracking, heart disease, asthma, pregnancy complications, alzheimer's, significant air pollution. Additionally we live in a relatively arid climate subject to long periods of drought. The statistics are listed in other posts so I won't repeat. EPA has listed our air quality in severe violation of EPA standards. Historically, the oil and gas industry and the government overseers have not proven themselves responsible in capping unused wells or even currently operating wells meeting basic standards. Bring renewable energy to Colorado instead. Please.

Please deny permission for fracking
12/10/2022 10:07:39 AM
I live in Lakes at Centerra neighborhood that was developed by the same McWhinney company who now wants to frack under it. The company is notorious among us residents for poor planning and half completed projects. To give examples, they gave the contract to build our community pool to their buddies and when plumbing burst, they did not hand over warranty papers in time and let the warranty expire while we spent a whole summer without pool. Now the residents have to pay for the repairs out of our pockets. Another example is the proposed Explorer park that McWhinney did not deliver on. They profited heavily from HOA fees and metro tax and then left us hanging to dry. I am willing to wager McWhinney will take the same approach when it comes to the fracking project. They will exploit every loophole in the laws surrounding fracking and the region and its nature will suffer. I beg you to not grant fracking permission to McWhinney. If anyone is ever fracking under my community, I would like it to be someone who is responsible and not someone who is a proven ‘bad guy’ like McWhinney.

Fracking Opposition in Lakes at Centerra
12/10/2022 7:31:16 AM
As residents of Loveland, we stand in opposition to Troy McWhinney’s fracking proposal. We are deeply concerned about the health and safety consequences of such large-scale industrial drilling in our neighborhood, particularly as we were led to believe our community would be a sustainable community. The best available science warns us that fossil fuel development (and “fracking”) will only increase our already poor air quality, threaten local water resources, burden taxpayers, and speed up the catastrophic effects of climate change.1 Fracking your neighbors in Loveland will have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of our lives: Human Health: Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others.2 Research has also shown mental health issues related to constant noise and light pollution, low-frequency vibrations, loss of sleep, disturbances from increased truck traffic, and degraded quality of life leading to chronic stress and depression.3 Water: On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource. Air: Fracking has been known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC’s, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants.4,5 At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at unhealthy levels, we cannot allow fracking to add to our worsening air quality crisis. Public Safety: The risks of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado in 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable. Wildlife: Fracking threatens our local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls.6 Climate: Methane is up to 86 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere over a 20-year period. As fracking emits dangerous amounts of methane, it is contributing to longer droughts, decreased snowpack, and increased frequency and severity of wildfires, all of which we are already suffering the tremendous impacts of. Economic: The City of Loveland has not enacted rules to ensure that McWhinney would be responsible for the total cost of clean up. Cleaning up and plugging abandoned and orphaned wells could cost Loveland taxpayers millions of dollars. In Colorado, bonding requirements are a meager $10,000 - $100,000 regardless of the number of wells drilled. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission estimates an average cost of $80,000 - $120,000 to clean up and remediate one well, rendering the bonds paid by oil and gas companies inadequate. Local municipalities - and taxpayers - are left to foot the bill. Statewide, this already amounts to more than $8 billion dollars.7 The risks are far too great, especially for those residents who will be forced to live with the consequences of nearby drilling. We are gravely concerned about the inevitable impacts to our health, safety, air and water resources, quality of life and economy. All of these impacts threaten the pocketbooks of the hard-working residents who live, work, play, and pay taxes in this community. Sincerely, Elyse Reed 1 Center for Biological Diversity, Dirty Dozen: The 12 most commonly used air toxics in unconventional oil development in the Los Angeles Basin (2013); Lustgarten, Abraham, ProPublica.org, Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies? (2008); Howarth, Robert, et al., Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations, Climactic Change (Mar. 31, 2011) 2 Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction), Seventh Edition, 2020 https://www.psr.org/blog/resource/fracking-compendium/ 3 Malin, Stephanie, When Fracking Moves Into The Neighborhood, Mental Health Risks Rise, Colorado State University, October 22, 2020. https://source.colostate.edu/when-fracking-moves-into-the-neighborhood-mental-health-risks-rise/ 4 Moore CW, Zielinska B, Pétron G, Jackson RB, Air impacts of increased natural gas acquisition, processing, and use: a critical review. Environ Sci Technol. 2014; 48: 8349-8359. 5 Field RA, Soltis J, Murphy S, Air quality concerns of unconventional oil and natural gas production. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2014; 16: 954-969. 6 Mason J. Christopher J.W. McClure, Barber J., Anthropogenic Noise Impacts Owl Hunting Behavior. Biological Conservation. 2016. Volume 199. Pages 29-32. 7 Colorado Fiscal Institute. March 24, 2019. https://www.coloradofiscal.org/delicate-balance-oil-gas-colorado-economy/issues/ 8 Bowlin N. Energy Companies Have Left Colorado with Billions of Dollars in Oil and Gas Cleanup. March 12, 2021. https://energynews.us/2021/03/12/energy-companies-have-left-colorado-with-billions-of-dollars-in-oil-and-gas-cleanup/.

CE PAD Loveland
12/9/2022 2:13:36 PM
I moved to Colorado in early 2021 from Chicago. I found the beautiful Lakes at Centerra neighborhood in Loveland, which includes the High Plains Environment Center, as well as two reservoirs. These amenities made my decision to move here very easy. I volunteered at HPEC last year because I wanted to learn more about the Certified Wild area in which I live. I am concerned for the environment and was thrilled to be able to live in such a place where plants, animals, and people thrive, coexist, and live in harmony. I do not feel these things can happen with horizontal drilling happening directly underneath HPEC and my home. One of HPEC's core values is conservation. The amount of water that will be used in the Loveland drilling, as well as the Guanella CAP, is detrimental to both wildlife, vegetation and people. I understand there are two fracking areas possibly coming to Loveland. Both are not too far from HPEC and my neighborhood. I am disturbed about the effects of horizontal drilling for gas and oil so close to residences, schools, parks, and more. Drilling should occur far from living areas. Better yet, oil and gas companies should look for renewable energies instead of drilling. I fear home values will decrease due to fracking so close by. The Guanella CAP proposal would not be located in my county, but a neighboring county, also too close to the public community. If it is approved, I am quite concerned it could happen next in Larimer County and the City of Loveland. I entreat you to deny the CE CAP, and others that come before you i the future, for the good of all of Northern Colorado!

Fracking in Loveland and Windsor
12/9/2022 9:18:06 AM
Colorado has a tradition of caring for our precious natural resources. Fracking near residential areas is dangerous and destructive. It is wasteful of our increasingly scarce water resources, and it endangers our water quality and our air quality. Colorado already has favorable gas prices compared to other states, and we do not need to take this risk. Please say No to fracking.

Don't Let Business and Profit Outweigh the Good of the Community!!!
12/9/2022 7:58:38 AM
This fracking proposal carries with it a number of concerns! 1. Drilling under an existing and growing community (why not further out in uninhabited territory?). This will undermine a vibrant and growing community which will have considerable growth and activities directly over the top of this project. 2. Increased Traffic of TRUCKS within this vibrant community, which has the following concerns: A. Increased wear on the roads - causing taxpayers to foot the increased road repairs needed over time. B. Increased SAFETY CONCERNS of TRUCK traffic within the immediate growing community (this will directly interact with shoppers at growing malls, restaurants, community parks, etc). C. Increased RISK of spills of dangerous liquids and chemicals, and the hazmat disaster that could unfold within the community. D. Increased NOISE and DIESEL FUMES from the increased TRUCK activity. 3. Increased RISK OF WATER CONTAMINATION. Boyd Lake State Park is a matter of a few miles directly to the West of this proposed site. Boyd lake is a vibrant 1,700 surface acres of water recreational and wildlife habitat. Any contamination of the underlying bedrock due to fragmentation could be disastrous for this recreation area and the quality of life for the citizens of Loveland. 4. Increased AIR POLLUTION to the immediate and surrounding communities, and to Colorado Front Range in general, who are fighting increased pollution already. 5. RISK of inexperienced operator - from community meeting information shared, it appears this operator has no experience with such an operation? The statistics of potential issues increase with such a proposition, and the possible negative effects and then compounded by the proximity within a vibrant and growing community. The overall idea of fracking under a vibrant and growing community, ESPECIALLY a community steeped in outdoor enjoyment and recreation activities, should be a major concern in and of itself. YOU CANNOT REVERSE THE EFFECTS of allowing such industrial contamination into the community. This proposal needs to be rejected. The people of Loveland and surrounding communities are obviously opposed to this proposal. Please do not let business and profit outweigh the good of the community!

The proposal by Troy McWhinney for drilling and fracking in the Loveland Area.
12/8/2022 4:27:30 PM
As a boy I watched the Hudson River burn, the continued strip mining near my relatives properties and farms in West Virginia, and the uncontrolled use of petroleum use on rural roadways for the purpose of dirt suppression. As a young man I was involved in many activities to reduce pollution , was one of four winners in Virginia's first Earth Day Essay and Discussion awards, and still watched strip mining abuses in West Virginia as well as more pollution issues with the Chesapeake Bay and water sheds into the bay as well as throughout West Virginia. By the time I reached my adult years I had witnessed Three Mile Island, Love Canal, Agent Orange, numerous coal mine fires, and worked diligently with organizations trying to bring more awareness to our nation's and our communities' continued concerns with depletion of our ozone layer, water and land pollution concerns, no , that is the wrong phrase, our nation's pollution and environmental crisis. Now, as a person in my late 60's and having lived in the Loveland area since 1980 I have witnessed the encroaching smog elevation to the area, two major floods in the Thompson Canyon, three major forest fires near my home, the removal of historic areas and flora , depletion of water, droughts, homes where one can light the gases coming from one's taps, and continued stress on the land. Through all of these I have heard the common clarion of "We must grow, we must progress, we must go forward." What I have found and witnessed through these eras of my life are; there are still streams and parts of the Eastern United States where, even with updated environmental standards , that my childhood rivers, water resources, and resources are still hard pressed to survive and to provide the conditions I saw as a young man. Areas of many states are still closed to fishing, drinking, utilizing due to past pollutants and actions by companies and individuals whose primary interest destroyed and contaminated lands, air, and waterways. In our own state one only needs to go to Craig and examine all those who have to go into town and acquire water from a public resource because their water resources were ruined by oil drilling and fracking. At my own home in the Thompson Canyon we have not drank from our own sinks due to the contamination of agricultural product, septic disposal, and damage caused by the floods of 1982 and most recently 2017. We are resigned to not drinking our tap water for many more years and have had to purchase water from local stores. My wife suffers from cancer and her health is jeopardized , thus we need to protect her as much as is possible. Now, now I am hearing of this proposal that is wanting to add conditions that may well contribute to much of the same to the town of Loveland itself. Though I do not live in the town proper, and not on the north eastern quadrant city , those areas are where we buy our water to drink and to give to our pets. that area is where our major hospital lies that we utilize for our health needs as do hundreds of others. These are the areas where many families moved to allow themselves a safe haven to live, work, educate themselves, and play. Our concerns are with them. We are a part of the large community of Loveland that rely upon the resources in question. We do not want to risk any possibility that these resources and community areas are endangered any further than they already have been, no matter how much progress and income might be gain, or promised gained from such a proposal. One might wish to examine the promises and gains offered Williston, S.D. was given under a like situation and how few were upheld. The influx of oil workers and lack of accommodations caused housing and resources costs to soar. People were unable to afford their needs and were stressed in finding work and the comforts they had before. And when the boom of oil died they were left to pick up the debris and clean up. I ask, what promises are being offered that no one will be affected in their property worth, that no increase of traffic will deplete the health of those around the proposed sites, that traffic increase will not increase an already stressful drive to and from the community, that no danger will exist on the water resources that provide needs to the community, the whole community and to those who visit the community? Most importantly, what promises and guarantees are being given that the community and area will not be affected in the future by the actions of this proposal, say in ten, twenty, fifty years? While the world issue with petroleum production is stressful, is it worth a continued risk of contamination and community resource as well as a potential environmental and health risk to the area? I am against such a proposal. With the process of fracking still needing improvement, with the area in question already having housing, schools, hospitals, businesses, lakes, and natural resources and well as human interaction well established I feel, from what I have witnessed for decades of involvement and study, that such a risk is detrimental to the area and the community.

NO FRACKING!
12/8/2022 4:08:45 PM
As a resident of Loveland and planet earth, the environment is far more important to me than padding more rich men's pockets. Absolutely NO to fracking! What will be left for our grandkids and their children? Think about them!

Fracking
12/8/2022 12:23:18 PM
No franking way!!

Sacrificing Resident Health For Profits
12/8/2022 12:17:15 PM
No to fracking!! It's become very clear developers care more about their money than the health of the general population. You want to put fracking next to our communities for a quick buck with no care about the consequences for the future. Corruption at its finest. Preserve natural Colorado and protect the residents of the area. Say no to fracking!

NO FRACKING
12/8/2022 9:46:32 AM
Seriously, aren’t we better than this? We will be moving elsewhere if this goes forward. Fracking is harmful. The only people in support of fracking are putting money above all else.

Fracking
12/8/2022 8:46:20 AM
I oppose fracking, particularly when it is so close to residential areas. In the Loveland and Windsor areas, the existing and proposed wells are too close to homes and schools. Water is scarce, and fracking will only make that worse. We risk spills, diminished air quality, damage to our roads from the heavy trucks involved, and even the potential for fires. We should be building solar and wind farms on the plains....not oil wells.

Fracking
12/8/2022 8:42:34 AM
Dangerous to environment ans personal health. Well proven

No fracking
12/8/2022 8:39:38 AM
Northern Colorado needs to pay attention to climate change. Loveland has no policy on climate change. It’s embarrassing and dangerous!!

Keep on Frakin'!!!
12/8/2022 7:03:22 AM
We need to be oil & gas independent! I'd rather see fracking than housing developments built over our farms! Losing our crops to housing developments while the prices for groceries go up. The real harm is the housing developments and moving people in so close together.

No FRACKING
12/7/2022 9:44:29 PM
No Fracking ITS unneeded, unwanted, and unLoveland, the adverse health effects alone. If it does make people sick, they have to pay because someone wants to make more money. NO FRACKING.

Opposed to Centerra Fracking
12/7/2022 9:42:31 PM
As residents of Loveland, we stand in opposition to Troy McWhinney’s fracking proposal. We are deeply concerned about the health and safety consequences of such large-scale industrial drilling in our neighborhood, particularly as we were led to believe our community would be a sustainable community. The best available science warns us that fossil fuel development (and “fracking”) will only increase our already poor air quality, threaten local water resources, burden taxpayers, and speed up the catastrophic effects of climate change.1 Fracking your neighbors in Loveland will have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of our lives: Human Health: Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others.2 Research has also shown mental health issues related to constant noise and light pollution, low-frequency vibrations, loss of sleep, disturbances from increased truck traffic, and degraded quality of life leading to chronic stress and depression.3 Water: On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource. Air: Fracking has been known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC’s, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants.4,5 At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at unhealthy levels, we cannot allow fracking to add to our worsening air quality crisis. Public Safety: The risks of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado in 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable. Wildlife: Fracking threatens our local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls.6 Climate: Methane is up to 86 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere over a 20-year period. As fracking emits dangerous amounts of methane, it is contributing to longer droughts, decreased snowpack, and increased frequency and severity of wildfires, all of which we are already suffering the tremendous impacts of. Economic: The City of Loveland has not enacted rules to ensure that McWhinney would be responsible for the total cost of clean up. Cleaning up and plugging abandoned and orphaned wells could cost Loveland taxpayers millions of dollars. In Colorado, bonding requirements are a meager $10,000 - $100,000 regardless of the number of wells drilled. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission estimates an average cost of $80,000 - $120,000 to clean up and remediate one well, rendering the bonds paid by oil and gas companies inadequate. Local municipalities - and taxpayers - are left to foot the bill. Statewide, this already amounts to more than $8 billion dollars.7 The risks are far too great, especially for those residents who will be forced to live with the consequences of nearby drilling. We are gravely concerned about the inevitable impacts to our health, safety, air and water resources, quality of life and economy. All of these impacts threaten the pocketbooks of the hard-working residents who live, work, play, and pay taxes in this community. Sincerely, Royce Quintana 1 Center for Biological Diversity, Dirty Dozen: The 12 most commonly used air toxics in unconventional oil development in the Los Angeles Basin (2013); Lustgarten, Abraham, ProPublica.org, Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies? (2008); Howarth, Robert, et al., Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations, Climactic Change (Mar. 31, 2011) 2 Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction), Seventh Edition, 2020 https://www.psr.org/blog/resource/fracking-compendium/ 3 Malin, Stephanie, When Fracking Moves Into The Neighborhood, Mental Health Risks Rise, Colorado State University, October 22, 2020. https://source.colostate.edu/when-fracking-moves-into-the-neighborhood-mental-health-risks-rise/ 4 Moore CW, Zielinska B, Pétron G, Jackson RB, Air impacts of increased natural gas acquisition, processing, and use: a critical review. Environ Sci Technol. 2014; 48: 8349-8359. 5 Field RA, Soltis J, Murphy S, Air quality concerns of unconventional oil and natural gas production. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2014; 16: 954-969. 6 Mason J. Christopher J.W. McClure, Barber J., Anthropogenic Noise Impacts Owl Hunting Behavior. Biological Conservation. 2016. Volume 199. Pages 29-32. 7 Colorado Fiscal Institute. March 24, 2019. https://www.coloradofiscal.org/delicate-balance-oil-gas-colorado-economy/issues/ 8 Bowlin N. Energy Companies Have Left Colorado with Billions of Dollars in Oil and Gas Cleanup. March 12, 2021. https://energynews.us/2021/03/12/energy-companies-have-left-colorado-with-billions-of-dollars-in-oil-and-gas-cleanup/.

Against fracking under Centerra
12/7/2022 9:42:10 PM
I am totally against this.... Damages the health of people and wildlife... Let's not go backwards let's go forward and stop this fracking under where people live... It is not right that there was no transparency when we bought these homes here that this was what was going to be done... They boosted and supported the natural wildlife area here and did not mention to me once about McWinnie's plans to fracking That is sneaky and not right! Please have a conscience and do not frack under where people live..!!!!!

Fracking in the Centerra neighborhood by Troy McWhinney
12/7/2022 9:13:28 PM
As residents of Loveland, we stand in opposition to Troy McWhinney’s fracking proposal. We are deeply concerned about the health and safety consequences of such large-scale industrial drilling in our neighborhood, particularly as we were led to believe our community would be a sustainable community. The best available science warns us that fossil fuel development (and “fracking”) will only increase our already poor air quality, threaten local water resources, burden taxpayers, and speed up the catastrophic effects of climate change.1 Fracking your neighbors in Loveland will have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of our lives: Human Health: Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others.2 Research has also shown mental health issues related to constant noise and light pollution, low-frequency vibrations, loss of sleep, disturbances from increased truck traffic, and degraded quality of life leading to chronic stress and depression.3 Water: On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource. Air: Fracking has been known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC’s, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants.4,5 At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at unhealthy levels, we cannot allow fracking to add to our worsening air quality crisis. Public Safety: The risks of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado in 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable. Wildlife: Fracking threatens our local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls.

Opposing McWhinney fracking well
12/7/2022 9:05:52 PM
I'm opposed to this. The fracking wells circulating in my friends neighborhood in Greeley has depleted and killed wildlife and made the air quality poor. I've witness spills and emissions in Johnstown and Greeley as well as the O&G operators depreciating the roads and sidewalks. No.nope.

NO FRACKING
12/7/2022 7:43:12 PM
PLEASE NO FRACKING

No fracking!
12/7/2022 7:37:45 PM
Fracking causes under appreciated issues with air quality, it isn’t a purely clean and renewable source of energy, and actually distracts from a better approach which is for wind, solar, and geothermal energy. Sources that produce fewer airborne fine particles. Fracking can also contaminate drinking water. Also, the presence of drilling rigs creates an industrial feel to our community which is the exact opposite of what this community boasts.

Fracking
12/7/2022 7:23:01 PM
I am a new resident of Centerra, and fracking will not only affect the health and safety of the residents of our community, but it will ruin the environmental aspect this neighborhood has to offer. This should definitely not be approved!

NO FRACKING
12/7/2022 7:03:53 PM
We have recently moved to the Centerra area & were drawn to it's claim as a sustainable environmentally friendly neighborhood. Fracking & the chemicals it uses have been proven time & time again to damage water quality, air quality, cause respiratory system issues, cancer & more. As a community full of children & young families this is simply not acceptable. The regulations that claim to exist do not prevent tragedies like the recent fire in Weld county or other water seepage. Just because a millionaire needs more millions is not an acceptable excuse. There is no proven need for this & the damage is too far & wide. Enough is enough. Stop the nonsense

No To Fracking!!
12/7/2022 6:59:07 PM
I STRONGLY oppose this fracking operation and am not willing to risk damage to my health and safety so a millionaire can become even more wealthy. The area was marketed to use as a sustainable and green neighborhood with a wildlife sanctuary at the edge of the neighborhood; now, McWhinney wants to frack now that all the homes are developed/purchased. Please deny this application!

Opposed to Fracking
12/7/2022 6:51:10 PM
As residents of Loveland, we stand in opposition to Troy McWhinney’s fracking proposal. We are deeply concerned about the health and safety consequences of such large-scale industrial drilling in our neighborhood, particularly as we were led to believe our community would be a sustainable community. The best available science warns us that fossil fuel development (and “fracking”) will only increase our already poor air quality, threaten local water resources, burden taxpayers, and speed up the catastrophic effects of climate change.1 Fracking your neighbors in Loveland will have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of our lives: Human Health: Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) released during the fracking process can lead to serious long and short-term health impacts, such as: asthma, nosebleeds, headaches, dizziness, preterm births, birth defects, pediatric cancer, endocrine disruption and many others.2 Research has also shown mental health issues related to constant noise and light pollution, low-frequency vibrations, loss of sleep, disturbances from increased truck traffic, and degraded quality of life leading to chronic stress and depression.3 Water: On average, one single fracked well uses anywhere from 4-16 million gallons of water; with the potential to use over 100 million gallons during its life cycle. Once used in combination with a cocktail of toxic chemicals, this water is permanently polluted, removing it from our water supply. In the midst of a historic drought, we cannot afford to dispose of this scarce and precious resource. Air: Fracking has been known to increase levels of nitrogen oxides, VOC’s, ozone, methane and other hazardous air pollutants.4,5 At a time when Colorado is experiencing its highest number of ozone alerts and our air pollution is already at unhealthy levels, we cannot allow fracking to add to our worsening air quality crisis. Public Safety: The risks of toxic leaks, spills, explosions and well blow-outs are very real, as witnessed by more than a dozen tragic incidents at oil and gas sites throughout Colorado in 2018. Several of these incidents injured workers, and one resulted in the death of two innocent residents. Allowing the risk of dangerous life-threatening industrial drilling in our suburban neighborhoods, and near our children's schools is unconscionable. Wildlife: Fracking threatens our local parks, nature preserves, and delicate ecosystems. The lakes at Centerra are home to a bird sanctuary, where birds come to live and nest. It has been documented that fracking disrupts nesting & hunting patterns for a variety of owls.6 Climate: Methane is up to 86 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere over a 20-year period. As fracking emits dangerous amounts of methane, it is contributing to longer droughts, decreased snowpack, and increased frequency and severity of wildfires, all of which we are already suffering the tremendous impacts of. Economic: The City of Loveland has not enacted rules to ensure that McWhinney would be responsible for the total cost of clean up. Cleaning up and plugging abandoned and orphaned wells could cost Loveland taxpayers millions of dollars. In Colorado, bonding requirements are a meager $10,000 - $100,000 regardless of the number of wells drilled. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission estimates an average cost of $80,000 - $120,000 to clean up and remediate one well, rendering the bonds paid by oil and gas companies inadequate. Local municipalities - and taxpayers - are left to foot the bill. Statewide, this already amounts to more than $8 billion dollars.7 The risks are far too great, especially for those residents who will be forced to live with the consequences of nearby drilling. We are gravely concerned about the inevitable impacts to our health, safety, air and water resources, quality of life and economy. All of these impacts threaten the pocketbooks of the hard-working residents who live, work, play, and pay taxes in this community. Sincerely, Laura & Laszlo Kovacs 1 Center for Biological Diversity, Dirty Dozen: The 12 most commonly used air toxics in unconventional oil development in the Los Angeles Basin (2013); Lustgarten, Abraham, ProPublica.org, Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies? (2008); Howarth, Robert, et al., Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations, Climactic Change (Mar. 31, 2011) 2 Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction), Seventh Edition, 2020 https://www.psr.org/blog/resource/fracking-compendium/ 3 Malin, Stephanie, When Fracking Moves Into The Neighborhood, Mental Health Risks Rise, Colorado State University, October 22, 2020. https://source.colostate.edu/when-fracking-moves-into-the-neighborhood-mental-health-risks-rise/ 4 Moore CW, Zielinska B, Pétron G, Jackson RB, Air impacts of increased natural gas acquisition, processing, and use: a critical review. Environ Sci Technol. 2014; 48: 8349-8359. 5 Field RA, Soltis J, Murphy S, Air quality concerns of unconventional oil and natural gas production. Environ Sci Process Impacts. 2014; 16: 954-969. 6 Mason J. Christopher J.W. McClure, Barber J., Anthropogenic Noise Impacts Owl Hunting Behavior. Biological Conservation. 2016. Volume 199. Pages 29-32. 7 Colorado Fiscal Institute. March 24, 2019. https://www.coloradofiscal.org/delicate-balance-oil-gas-colorado-economy/issues/ 8 Bowlin N. Energy Companies Have Left Colorado with Billions of Dollars in Oil and Gas Cleanup. March 12, 2021. https://energynews.us/2021/03/12/energy-companies-have-left-colorado-with-billions-of-dollars-in-oil-and-gas-cleanup/.

Loveland must Oppose
12/6/2022 6:21:24 PM
Loveland must not approve this development. The environmental long term consequences far outweigh any short term benefit. Loveland must stand up for sustainability and the well being of its citizens.

MRG, LP Drilling Site Public Comment
11/20/2022 10:49:17 AM
We are Steve & Gayle Schink, we live at 3077 North County Road 3, Loveland, CO, 80538. Our property is about 2000 feet directly north of the MRG proposed drill site and we are the closest northern neighbor on the west side of NCR 3. Our south and west property borders are adjacent to McWhinney property. We are supportive of the MRG, LP proposed oil and gas development. We think it is important for our country to become less dependent on foreign oil sources, especially in these uncertain geopolitical times. Increasing oil and gas supply will also help to reduce the current rate of inflation we are experiencing. In July 2015, Anadarko, now Oxy, established 5 fracking wells on the east side of NCR 3, only a few hundred yards from our property line. Outside of the initial drilling period, we have not noticed or experienced any issues or concerns with their ongoing operations over the last 7 years. We have been in direct contact with Bill Irwin, MRG LP O&G consultant, to better understand the MRG drilling plans and potential impacts on us as neighbors. MRG has been very open and transparent with us. They have been very supportive to make sure they adequately addressed our questions and concerns. We feel that we are very aware of what is being planned. The state of Colorado has some of the strictest oil and gas drilling restrictions in the country. MRG is working diligently with all the state and local authorities to make sure they are in compliance with all the required regulations. Based on the information that has been shared and our conversations directly with MRG, we are confident and comfortable with moving forward with the MRG, LP drilling plans.

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