AURORA, Colo. — The Aurora City Council has approved a $9.5 million plan to lease water to an oil and gas development company for drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
The council voted 8-3 to approve the five-year deal with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Monday night.
Anadarko will get water that has already been used and treated and would otherwise flow down the South Platte River.
Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen says the company wants to use about 30,000 barrels of water a day for its operations in Wattenberg Field in northeastern Colorado.
The deal was negotiated in a closed session in June and Monday’s meeting was the first time the public was able to comment. Fracking opponents were among those who opposed the deal.