First Quarter Report of Air Quality Monitoring Program Yields Baselines and Questions about Frequency

By Becky McLeod At a very full May 14 Study Session, Broomfield’s City Council heard their first quarterly baseline report from Ajax Analytics representative Brent Buck and Dr. Arsineh Hecobian from Colorado State University.  This first air quality monitoring program presentation was the result of the City’s August 2018 contract with Ajax at a cost of $1.1 million dollars…

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CCOB Discusses Oil and Gas-Related Issues at 4/23/2019 Council Meeting

Several important topics were discussed at the April 23rd City Council meeting.  Discussion of the proposed Jefferson Parkway lasted over three hours with 24 speakers coming from communities outside Broomfield. The proposal for the Jefferson Parkway locates this highway on the eastern border of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility. The general consensus from citizen speakers was that…

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As SB19 – 181 Returns to the Senate, A Focus on Changes to the COGCC Commissioners

By Becky McLeod Senate Bill 19-181, entitled “Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations,” has passed a total of three Senate hearings including the Transportation & Energy Committee, the Finance Committee and the Appropriations Committee, along with Senate floor votes completed on March 13.  As of March 29, it has passed through three House committee hearings including the House…

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First Presentation of “Risk Assessment:” “Death by One Thousand Cuts”

At the February 19, 2019 City Council Study Session, citizens, council and staff heard DNV-GL present their highly anticipated and controversial “risk assessment” report for the 84 well Extraction Project in Broomfield that is already under construction.  DNV-GL, a Norwegian owned company with offices in Katy, Texas, purports to “enable organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their…

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Rights of Residents Denied By Actions of Broomfield in Lawsuit: Citizen Blog By Cristen Logan

Citizen Blog by Cristen Logan As a concerned resident of Broomfield, I wanted to take the time to share an opinion on what is happening with the lawsuit two organizations put forward against the City and County of Broomfield. I think that it is important that the community learns more about what is happening in this case because this…

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Citizens’ Rally and Comments Precede August 7 Council Executive Session on CDP

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, citizens held a short rally prior to a scheduled Broomfield City Council meeting. The brief public meeting was held in order for the Council to hold a public vote to approve an Executive Session whose purpose was to obtain legal advice regarding the Extraction Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) and its potential approval. Approximately fifty…

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First Oil and Gas Community Conversation Draws Citizens with Many Concerns

On March 16, 2018, Broomfield held its first Oil and Gas Community Conversation with citizens.  The City and County Council Chamber was nearly full.  Mayor Ahrens and Mayor Pro Tem Bette Erickson were the hosts for this community meeting, which lasted from 5:15 pm until a bit after 6:15 pm. Broomfield City Council members in attendance were: Sharon Tessier,…

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