Oil company Encana to scale back spending in Colorado

March 16, 2015
Photo: Fracking operation near Mead (AP Photo)
In this March 25, 2014 photo, workers keep an eye on well heads during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. oil well, near Mead, Colo. 

Encana plans to spend as much as $200 million in oil-rich Weld County this year – and it continues to pursue permits there. That includes tripling the size of its operations in a small farming community known as Pleasant View.

"We made choices to live in the country and have this quiet, beautiful area. It's very beautiful here. We're trying to protect it," Amanda Harper said.

Encana spokesman Doug Hock says if oil prices rebound, the company wants to be prepared to drill.

"That's why we continue to pursue permits," Hock said. "If there's a change in price or if other factors change we've got that inventory of wells lined up."

Neighboring Boulder County has concerns about the impact of the Pleasant View site on air quality and traffic. But the decision is in the hands of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.