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Large crowd attends meeting to discuss plans to drill for oil near neighborhood

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THORNTON, Colo. -- Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night to discuss a proposal to place 15 to 20 oil and gas wells in a residential community.

The community is known as the Wadley Farms Subdivision and Synergy Resource Corp. is behind the proposal.

The area Synergy is looking to drill is in back of several homes. Many people are opposed to the proposal, expressing concerns about heavy traffic, loud noises and the potential for environmental issues.

Officials with Synergy told the group the oil would be piped from the site, which would cut down on truck traffic. On top of that, Synergy said a sound barrier would be built around the drilling pad.

Still, many people don’t like the idea of having oil wells in their community.

A group called Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability Now plans to press Adams County and urge it to block the proposal.

If Synergy gets its way, drilling would likely start in 2017.