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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Oil and Gas Draft Regulation Review at April 3 Council Study Session

Broomfield Staff has completed draft oil and gas regulations for Council to review at their April 3 Study Session as item C5 on the agenda.  According to the 42-page document, “Staff would like Council’s direction on the proposed draft regulations.”  Citizens cannot comment at Study Sessions, but this is the beginning of a process which will eventually require Council…

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Please Write: No Explosion Root Cause Means No Drilling Permits or CDP Approval

Are you concerned that the root cause of the Dec. 22 Extraction Stromberger well explosion is not known, yet the COGCC is not going to require further reporting by Extraction and is continuing to review Extraction’s drilling permits?  If so, take two actions… 1) Write the City and ask them to insist on information on the root cause of…

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COGCC Not Requiring Any Additional Reporting for Extraction Stromberger Well Explosion

The State COGCC has told the City that the COGCC will not require any additional reporting from Extraction Oil and Gas regarding their Dec. 22 Stromberger Well Pad explosion.  This is despite the fact that there was no determination of a cause in Extraction’s Feb. 23 report to the COGCC.  The City and citizens have been very vocal in…

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Council Formally Supports Colorado House Bills on Forced Pooling Changes and Incident Reporting

With unanimous votes, Council agreed to support Colorado House Bill 18-1289 on forced pooling changes for government entities and HB 18-1157, a bill to increase transparency around oil field accidents and injuries.  Mayor Ahrens will testify on behalf of the City for both bills at the House Transportation and Energy Committee on March 14th at 1:30 p.m. The vote…

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Add One More Safety Concern Based on Extraction Berthoud Accident

Extraction’s horizontal well drilling near the area of an improperly plugged well caused a spill on October 29 in Berthoud, CO, according to a March 8 article in the Reporter-Herald based on a newly published COGCC accident report last week.  The Extraction well was actually over 3000 feet away from the accident site, where a surprised landowner found chemical-laden…

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Please Submit Safety Concerns to State COGCC on Drilling Permits By April 1

Broomfield, thank you for coming through in submitting your concerns to the State (COGCC) for the Livingston and Interchange Pads, and for the first batch of 18 drilling permits (officially known as applications for permit to drill or APDs).  Each of the 84 wells that Extraction plans to drill in Broomfield will require a drilling permit.  There is now…

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