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Commissioners vote down pipeline permit

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By The Staff

    BRIGHTON — Citing negative impacts to areas of growth, the Adams County board of bommissioners voted Monday night to deny a land use permit application from Front Range Pipeline.
    The company — a joint venture of Enterprise Products, Anadarko Petroleum and DCP Midsteam — seeks to construct a 435-mile natural gas pipeline from near Greeley in Weld County to El Paso County, Texas.
    According to board chairperson Eva J. Henry, the application was denied because the alignment of the proposed pipeline transected an area of the county that has been designated for future development.
    “Adams County supports reasonable pipeline development that does not impact those growth areas identified in the Imagine Adams County Comprehensive Plan—the blueprint that guides all county development through 2040,” Henry said. “As it exists today, the Front Range Pipeline would run through the portion of the county we’ve clearly targeted for future residential and business development.”
    “Adams County is not only one of the fastest growing areas in Colorado, but in the United States,” said Abel Montoya, Adams County planning and development director. “It is only prudent that we protect our county’s future growth opportunities.”
    Montoya added that about two-thirds of the county is undeveloped and outside of designated growth areas.
    “This area of the county is more suitable for locating a pipeline,” said Montoya. “We recommend the applicant consider options that place the pipeline east of Imboden Road, with the usual caveat that the proposal clearly identifies plans to protect water quality and the environment and places the highest value on human safety.”
    In the wake of the permit vote, Front Range Pipeline may submit a new application for the project showing three viable alternative alignments.