News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

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


Construction of new BVSD school in Erie

BVSD working to relinquish surface use rights in adjacent property

BOULDER (1/25/2016) – Boulder Valley School District administration is seeking the relinquishment of surface use rights held by Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP (a subsidiary of Anadarko) in a parcel of land immediately adjacent to the proposed site of a new K-8 BVSD school in Erie. The surface use agreement might affect construction of a school on the proposed school site because Anadarko could drill a well on the adjacent tract, subject to compliance with applicable law including regulations of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). 

Rules adopted by the COGCC require a 1,000 foot setback from a “high occupancy building” which would include a school. The surface use agreement held by Anadarko might prevent the District from objecting to a well, even if placed closer than the 1,000 feet to the school. The proposed 15-acre school site is too small to accommodate a 1,000 foot setback from the Anadarko tract. 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.

Construction of the school was part of a district-wide $576.5 million capital bond issue approved by the voters in 2014. The District is planning to open the Erie school in August 2017. Delays in reaching an agreement concerning possible oil and gas exploration of the adjacent site could postpone construction of the school. 

“Boulder Valley School District is working with the developer of Flatiron Meadows, Anadarko and Town of Erie administrators in an effort to reach an agreement so the school can be constructed on the site and open August 2017. We are doing everything possible to secure agreements necessary to build on the school site,” stated Superintendent Bruce Messinger.

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