We need a peaceful community without industrial drilling on unsightly, filthy, and dangerous fracking pads.
– Bill J



The City of Loveland is under a temporary moratorium to allow for time to update its oil and gas regulations.  Loveland lawmakers are considering whether to restrict O&G development and are accepting public comment for 60 days (until approximately 5/7/24).  This is our best chance to convince lawmakers that fracking should not happen in our neighborhoods and that we need stricter protections for our air, water, wildlife, and land.  

There are 3 ways to give your comment:  sample comment here

  • Send Written Comment:  to City Council & Mayor, and Planning Commission
  • Comment In Person at Town Hall: 3/27/24, 6:00 – 7:30pm.  Devereaux Room at the Rialto Theater Center (228 E. 4th St., Loveland MAP). Click here to sign up 
  • Comment By Zoom During Town Hall: click here to REGISTER.  Once you register, you will be emailed details about how to join the meeting by Zoom.  Meeting is Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Miss the 3/27/24 meeting?  Watch a recording here


During its 11/29/23 hearing, the state’s oil and gas regulators (Colorado Energy and Carbon Management Commission or ECMC), approved the McWhinney East (CE) pad within the city limits of Loveland.  Loveland’s six-month O&G moratorium passed by City Council on 11/28/23 would not impact the East (CE) pad, which received conditional approval under the City of Loveland’s enhanced oil and gas standards in August 2023.

According to the ECMC Director’s Approval document, “MRG plans to begin construction in 4th quarter of 2023 with drilling and completions during 1st and 2nd quarter of 2024 and flowback and full production by the end of the 3rd quarter 2024.”


The City of Loveland has provisionally approved the McWhinney plan to frack the Centerra East site.  23 restrictions have been placed on the project in an attempt to protect the community and environment from the toxic and dangerous effects.  Final approval from the COGCC is pending.   Read more here.


McWinney has withdrawn its permit to drill on the Centerra South pad, saying that the land might be used for retail, mixed-use and residential instead.  The application to drill on the second pad at the eastern edge of the Centerra development is still active, so the fight is not over!  This is a developing situation, so please stay tuned.   Read more here.

Troy McWhinney’s application for the Centerra East fracking pad is now accepting public comments through the City of Loveland and the COGCC. Centerra is named Colorado’s only certified Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. It is home to thousands of homes, schools, nearly 150 different species of animals, pollinators, and lakes. Fracking emits large amounts of toxic air pollutants such as methane, generates a lot of noise, which leads to loss of animal and plant habitats. Our health is connected to the way we treat our environment. The same air pollutants can lead to severe headaches, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, and birth defects. That’s why it’s more important than ever to tell the City of Loveland and the COGCC – Don’t frack our suburbitat! 

ACTION #1: Submit a comment to Loveland City Council TODAY urging the Council to protect Colorado’s only certified community wildlife habitat! Deadline to submit comments with the City is Jan. 16, 2023. 

ACTION #2: Submit a comment to the COGCC TODAY telling them that we need clean air, clean water and a livable climate, not more air-polluting, water-wasting and climate-killing carbon bombs! Deadline to submit comments to the COGCC is January, 8th, 2022.  Reference Docket # 220700198.

Troy McWhinney's
fracking proposal

Troy McWhinney – a real estate mogul and entrepreneur – is in the beginning stages of applying for approval of a massive fracking project  in the Centerra area of Loveland. The proposal includes (two sites with up to 26 wells) (UPDATE: permit for Centerra South pad has been withdrawn, Centerra East pad permit has been approved by the City of Loveland) to be located in close proximity to thousands of homes, the Medical Center of the Rockies, three schools, numerous businesses, and precious community lakes including Boyd, Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake. Watch Troy’s Zoom webinar to explain his plans. 

On January 18th, the Loveland City Council voted in a 6-2 decision to allow the McWhinney application process to move forward without further expert study or discussion. This, despite outcry from local residents, many of whom feel blindsided by the McWhinney Corporation engaging in fracking in a community that was promoted as “environmentally-conscious” and dedicated to living harmoniously with nature. A significant portion of Centerra residents were attracted to this area for its many amenities.

Centerra should remain a peaceful community without industrial drilling on unsightly, filthy, and dangerous fracking pads. That’s why it’s more important than ever to bring attention to the McWhinney project as a betrayal of what this community stands for – embracing and enjoying its natural beauty, not fracking it. 

Revised Centerra fracking map



Group for residents who are concerned with the proposed fracking operations to take place in the Centerra area. 

Contact local government:

LEARN ABOUT Air Quality:

Learn about Northern Colorado air quality.


Share your concerns about current oil and gas activity with Colorado State O&G Regulators (ECMC).  File a complaint about noise, smells, lights, operating hours, truck traffic, dust, vibrations, health issues etc.

Contact us directly

Loveland rally
march 12th, 2022


Keep Centerra Beautiful Rally
April 23rd, 2022



Public Information regarding McWhinney fracking plans in our area.

Invitation found on Facebook group 01/06/2022, inviting the Pioneer Village residents to a “McWhinney Open House to preview an upcoming oil and gas, and resource development effort in Centerra which resides in Loveland” ​

Many citizens have contacted the City of Loveland with concerns via email. Emails received are public information and may be accessed and read via the City of Loveland website. If you wish, search the city site for “Email Relay”.

Denver News 7 Story regarding this issue.
Loveland City Council Meeting on 01/18/22 This meeting was held only a few hours after the above news story ran on Denver 7. You may start the video at 1:08 to see the discussion and vote.
Troy McWhinney did a Zoom Webinar to explain his plans.
Loveland City Council Meeting via Zoom on 02/01/22. Fracking discussion scheduled as last item. Prior item was held as a private breakout session via a different Zoom Channel, and when it was time to resume and discuss fracking (at around 9:30pm) some citizens waiting to speak were not able to rejoin the meeting as apparently the Zoom Channel was not changed back to the original public channel.

You may expedite to the 3:57 mark of the meeting to see the remaining discussion.

As you listen to the discussion you will hear Mayor Marsh and Councilwoman Samson support community input and further discussion before the City Council and request a vote on the matter. Upon vote, seven councilmen do not support further dialogue, further information gathering nor allowing any further community input, and have prepared a ‘fast track’ through the City Planners office.

On March 23rd, 2022, The City of Loveland received two letters of intent from MRG, LLC for oil and gas projects.
Learn more: lovgov.org/oilandgas

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“Today it’s my neighborhood, but tomorrow it’s yours”

– Laura L

Community Quotes:

Being A Steward​
We must all be stewards of our environment, which includes protecting our local environmental resources. Being a steward also includes meaningful and honest engagement with one another about our local environmental concerns. McWhinney must be held accountable for his lack of transparency with our community. We must question his true intentions. We must protect our environment.

– M. McCafferty
Like Heaven​
My husband and I moved to Loveland from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.  We had driven through Loveland on the way to Estes Park and we fell in love with the beautiful community that was full of sparkling lakes, mountain views, friendly people,  a downtown area that had a cool artistic vibe with great local restaurants and shops.  After extensive research we narrowed the search to the Boyd Lake area.  It has been like heaven with the stunning views, fishing, swimming, and some of the best neighbors ever. We are huge fans of our community and when we moved here we even did the “Loveland Valentine’s thing” and recommitted our wedding vows at the Foote Lagoon!  Now we can even say that we were married in Loveland!

- Melissa 
Since 2008​
My husband and I moved to this neighborhood in 2008 because it was marketed as a "suburbitat." Meaning that most people in High Plains Village either have no yard, or a very small one because our HOA pays for the maintenance of the trails around the lakes. The houses were marketed as all high efficiency green star homes (in 2008 this was new), and were told about the High Plains Environmental Center, and how they were planning a STEM school nearby where the kids could do field trips to the lakes. There is a community garden here that donates food to the foodbank. We were told about the lakes being a bird sanctuary, and we wanted to live somewhere where nature and humans can live together in harmony. This neighborhood was that dream for many years. We are close to everything, and when you are out on the trails you feel like you are close to nothing. We were sold a bill of lies, because Troy was already plotting to frack even then, but we were never told about that at all.

- Laura  L
Teaching Art
We moved to ft Collins in 1989, which was much smaller at the time. We decided to move in 97 hoping for more space. We found it west of Loveland on the edge of the foothills. We renovated a 70s house. You can change the house but not the view. Loveland has become quite the art town and I've become involved with it as a professional artist. I've taught art at the Loveland Museum for 19 years. Although I still love this area and consider it my home I've seen changes I don't like. The brown cloud wasn't here in the 80s. We rarely had forest fires. Now the fire season can start in April and last until Dec. There's nothing more frightening than being close to evacuating and watching fire from your home. Summer has gotten scary as a result.


Protect Loveland from Toxic Fracking

The best available science warns us that fossil fuel development (and “fracking”) will only increase our already poor air quality, threaten local water resources, burden taxpayers, and speed up the catastrophic effects of climate change. Fracking your neighbors in Loveland will have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of our lives.

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