STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The northwestern Colorado town of Hayden won't let a Wyoming energy company use existing roads to reach well sites in rural areas.
The town council denied a request from Casper-based True Oil to bring heavy trucks and oil rig equipment through town last week.
There are two schools, aging bridges and many homes along the proposed route. Mayor Jim Haskins said the town shouldn't let the company use the roads unless it is willing to pay for improvements or repairs, alluding to towns in North Dakota who have had to repair roads because of oil boom traffic there.
Unlike in the coal industry, Haskins said the jobs brought by drilling wouldn't bring a long-term benefit to the town.