From the Associated Press via Bloomberg Business Week:
Two of the parcels in Park County are next to Antero Reservoir, which is owned by Denver Water. The county already has some wells within its boundaries.
The group Be the Change said in a letter Monday to the land board’s acting director that there should be a moratorium on leases in the area until more is known about how drinking water might be affected by hydraulic fracturing, a technique for extracting oil and natural gas.
“This is a runaway train and no one is manning the throttle,” group member Phillip Doe said Thursday.
Board commissioners have a meeting Friday when it could hear public comments, including the request from Be the Change…
A spokeswoman for Denver Water said the utility hasn’t taken a position on the auction. Doe said he’d like to propose having Denver Water pay to keep the mineral rights around Antero Reservoir undeveloped.