Property Value Study Proposal Raises Many Questions From Council

In reviewing an initial proposal for a property value study on the impact of oil and gas development, the costs of such a study and “unintended consequences” were prominent concerns expressed at the April 17 Study Session by Council Members.  Those expressing these reservations did not live in proximity to the proposed Extraction or Crestone developments, so residents in…

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Sustainability and Renewable Energy Plans in Broomfield: A Presentation by Council Member Tessier for Anthem Ranch Oil and Gas Education Group

In the midst of the City’s and residents’ concerns about residential oil and gas development in Broomfield, it may literally come as a breath of fresh air to learn what the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) is doing to promote sustainability and renewable energy.  Council Member Sharon Tessier (Ward 2) shared her enthusiasm and knowledge in these areas…

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Long-Awaited Forced Pooling Legislation: Senator Marble’s Bill Gives “Sweetheart Deal” to Industry and Rep. Gray’s Bill Is In Draft Form

On Wednesday, April 11, SB 18-230 Modify Laws Drilling Units Pooling Orders was heard in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy, as sponsored by Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Broomfield/Weld) and Rep. Lori Saine (R- Weld).  Attorney Matt Sura, who represents many Broomfield mineral owners regarding the Extraction projects, distributed handouts estimating that the average Broomfield constituent of…

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“Those living near oil and gas facilities may have higher health risks”- University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“Those living near oil and gas facilities may have higher health risks:  Study led by Colorado School of Public Health shows hazardous air pollutant levels measured along the Northern Front Range exceed levels that could affect health” Study by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus published 4/9/18 The researchers included the Colorado School of Public Health, Boulder County Public Health,…

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“State Sen. Vicki Marble violated Colorado ethics law, commission finds” – Colorado Politics

By Marianne Goodland  4/9/18 “Marble was fined $2,242 — twice the cost of holding a Feb. 15, 2017, forum on oil and gas issues that was secretly hosted by Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas at the CB & Potts restaurant in Broomfield.” “According to testimony presented in a Jan. 8, 2018, hearing, the event started out as a meeting on…

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“Pro-fracking group’s shutout in Erie election marks latest stumble in Boulder County, Broomfield politics” – The Daily Camera

“Pro-fracking group’s shutout in Erie election marks latest stumble in Boulder County, Broomfield politics: Heightened activism likely responsible for resistance to big-money contributions, residents say” By Anthony Hahn, The Daily Camera 4/7/18 This article points to the fact that newly elected Erie Mayor Jennifer Carroll and the 3 Board of Trustees all support stronger local control despite massive Vital…

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The City’s Draft Oil and Gas Regulations- Cautious or Antiquated?

According to Broomfield’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Tami Yellico, at the April 3 City Council Study Session, City staff only put forth draft oil and gas regulations that would not immediately be overturned in court.  Council Member Deven Shaff asked, “Did we miss a step?  301 changed that paradigm.”  He later added, “Why would we legitimize laws that we…

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