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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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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