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May 8, 2013 7:59 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Decision allowing drilling in west Greeley upheld

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Following hours of public comment, the Greeley City Council is upholding a decision to allow Mineral Resources Inc. to drill near a west Greeley neighborhood.

The Greeley Tribune reports, more than 130 residents attended a hearing Tuesday, when the City Council upheld a planning commission decision that would let the company drill up to 16 wells near 59th Avenue and 10th Street.

Some neighbors argued that drilling isn't compatible with the residential and recreational nature of the area. Some worried about potential effects on property values, public health and the environment.

Others said the energy industry has positive economic benefits and that there is no confirmed correlation between drilling and health problems.

Mineral Resources says it plans several measures including planting trees to mitigate effects of drilling.

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