Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas Well / Pipeline Projects

Applications for oil and gas well or pipeline applications will be listed in the Oil and Gas / Pipeline Projects page. Current status, submitted documents, project timeline and future anticipated dates for the next step will be noted. The City Council must first approve a Special Use Permit (SUP) before an applicant may apply for many of the oil and gas / pipeline permits.

Oil Drilling Rig in a Field

Updated Pipelines, Oil & Gas Well Regulations

City Council approved the Second Reading for revisions to the oil and gas regulations and fees at its regular Council meeting on March 12, 2013. Below is a brief summary of changes.

  • Adds language for the Oil and Gas Compliance Office or designee to access the site as a result of a complaint, enforcement, or violation, or for the purposes of inspection and examination.
  • Clarifies that a bond or letter of credit is required for a permit.
  • Removes the ability to reduce the bond requirement by 70 percent after drilling given the continued liability to the city that exists throughout the entire process.
  • Adds activities contrary to public health, welfare, and safety to the list of offenses under the penalty section.
  • Clarifies penalties as related to existing sites as well.
  • Includes minor changes to various areas of code to address pre-existing sites, such as applicability of the ordinance and a process for registration and inspection in accordance with appropriate codes.

Please note that oil and gas well drilling and some operations associated with pipelines require a Special Use Permit (SUP). Please see the land use charts in Article III and the regulations in Sec. 125-90.G., Article IV of the Zoning Ordinance (PDF). Other helpful links include:

Applications

Fees

Public Hearings & Workshops

View bio's for each of the speakers who spoke at the meeting as well as their presentations in PDF format.

Research on Distancing & Setbacks