News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release
Susan Cousins, Bond Communication Specialist, 720-561-5793


Boulder Valley School District continues discussions with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Hines Development regarding K-8 school in Erie

Parties continue to investigate possible solutions

BOULDER (2/17/2016) – Boulder Valley School District met this week with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Hines Development and the Town of Erie to discuss solutions to the conflict created by current Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) setback regulations and the district’s planned K-8 school on a property in Erie adjacent to a site on which the oil company holds surface use rights. Although the meeting was productive, a final solution was not reached. All parties are continuing to explore options and agreed to meet again before the end of the month.

Rules adopted by the COGCC now require a 1,000 foot setback from a “high occupancy building” which would include a school. Some possible solutions to be explored include identifying an alternative drilling location to access the minerals, building on the identified site and finding an alternative location for the school, among other options. There are multiple issues with each solution that need to be fully investigated.

“We had a productive meeting and are hopeful we will be able to resolve this issue and maintain our 2017 opening date. We share the community’s desire to provide a neighborhood school. We are working together to meet the multiple interests of the parties involved,” stated Superintendent Bruce Messinger.

Construction of a school in Erie is part of a district-wide $576.5 million capital bond issue approved by the voters in 2014. Dedication of a useable school site by the developer was a condition of the Town of Erie’s approval of the Flatiron Meadows development agreement. Delays in reaching an agreement concerning possible oil and gas exploration of the adjacent site could postpone construction of the school. 

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