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Dec 10, 2011 3:51 PM by Matt Stafford

Oil drilling considered at St. Vrain State Park

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Colorado State Parks wants to open two oil wells at St. Vrain State Park near Longmont.

The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is looking at wells on the boundaries of the 604-acre park in northern Colorado.

A spokesman for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission said the wells would be operated only in the fall to minimize wildlife disruption.

Unlike other state parks, the state owns 439 acres of mineral rights below St. Vrain, giving it the opportunity to tap the resource and make an estimated $400,000 per year. The newspaper reports that the money would help the strapped state parks and wildlife system.

The newspaper reports that the state hopes to apply for a drilling permit within the next couple months.

 

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