The Boulder County commissioners on Tuesday continuing their fight against oil and gas firms sound distant minerals from multi-pad drilling sites by filing two suits naming drilling companies — Crestone Peak Resources and 8 North — as defendants.

The county is suing Crestone Peak Resources over its plans to drill 140 Wells that would drain 10 square miles on three multi-well pads on Colo. 52 north of Erie. It is suing 8 North — which it has not yet named in a separate suit filed last month — over a proposal to drill 32 Wells on two pads on East County Line Road that would drain 2,720 estate in Boulder County. That site is the focus of some county suits naming the company.

But piece last month’s suit against 8 North centers on claims the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission failing to ensure the company owns the appropriate mineral leases and that the company did not prove it closely-held the mineral leases for the areas it plans to drill, the suits filed Tuesday aver Crestone’s and 8 North’s mineral leases are either invalid or would be profaned if they were enclosed in either company’s plans.

The suits, filed Tuesday in Boulder District Court, besides claim the Crestone and 8 North proposals to put multi-well pads on land with Boulder County conservation easements violate a Colorado law that forbids parties from “injuring or destroying conservation values,” a statement from the county averd. The suits further contend that other mineral rights leases forbid their oil and gas from being pooled into drilling areas as large as those companies are planning to drain.

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In all, the county is contesting 10 mineral leases closely-held by Crestone and six closely-held by 8 North, Boulder County Senior Assistant lawyer Kate Burke said.

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