City Provides Update on Escalating VOC Plumes; Scientists Confirm the Livingston Pad is the Source

Broomfield Concerned has been reporting on increasing levels of VOC’s that are being picked up by the air monitoring systems in the vicinity of the Livingston Site. The air quality stations have been monitoring two types of VOC plumes that are occurring, both of which are emitting levels of benzene. Recently, the plumes identified as BA plumes have been…

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Extraction Oil and Gas Found Guilty in Noise Violation Case with City and County of Broomfield

The city and county of Broomfield announced today that “On October 7, 2020, Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. was found guilty on seven citations for violating Broomfield’s noise ordinance. After a day and a half trial, the Broomfield Municipal Court found Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. guilty of failing to submit a noise modeling study as required by the…

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Broomfield Air Monitoring Program Identifies Additional VOC Plumes at the Livingston and Soaring Eagle Park Monitoring Locations. Experts Are Attempting to Identify a Source as these Events are “Increasing in Frequency.”

Broomfield’s Air Monitoring Program continues to track VOC plumes at two monitoring locations. A recent report was released, which looked closely at events that occurred on August 3rd, August 11th, September 6th, and September 12th, September 17th. The report identified that there were two different chemical compositions found in these plumes.  Based on the chemicals found, the recent wildfire…

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Broomfield Concerned Questions CCOB About Impact of XOG Chapter 11 Filing

We’ve seen a lot of questions and concerns appearing on Facebook and elsewhere about the impact of the Chapter 11 filing of Extraction and what that means to Broomfield residents. We compiled a list of questions in response to the concerns we’ve seen, and sent the following email (in italics below) to council and staff on 9/18/2020: Hello council…

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City Council Meeting Provides Updates on Court Cases

Burrowing Owl Habitat and Noise Citation Cases Included in Attorney’s Update During the June 9 Broomfield City Council Meeting, City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Attorney Sullivan provided an update on outstanding court cases involving CCOB citations against Extraction Oil and Gas.   Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 10, Extraction is finally expected to enter a plea in Municipal Court on…

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Air Monitoring System Detects Elevated Benzene Levels on 5/25/2020 Likely Associated with Oil and Gas Activity

A “trigger canister” event on 5/25/2020 has yielded some concerning data about the Benzene levels measured in the resulting report. The report concludes that “The Apis systems at Livingston 02 & 03 (see map here) triggered canister samples at 4:12 & 4:15 a.m. on 5/25/20. The higher of the two 1-hour benzene estimates was 8.8 ppb, very near the…

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Extraction to Begin Spudding on United Pad on May 20 Despite Financial Decline

Extraction will begin spudding 16 wells on the United Pad on May 20 at 160th and Huron, according to a May 18 announcement from the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB).  In the month since CCOB received Extraction’s required 30-day spudding notice on April 17, Extraction has “hired strategic advisors” and skipped a $14.8 million payment on some senior…

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Pandemic Causes Delay in Further Testing of Methane Leak in Anthem Highlands

Scheduled methane leak testing of the Davis 43-6 plugged and abandoned well under Graham Peak Way in Anthem Highlands has been delayed due to the pandemic.  This came to light when Council Member Jean Lim began asking City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Staff about the testing following high TVOC (total volatile organic compound) readings at Thunder Vista and…

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Extraction Moving Forward with United Pad Operations as Soon as May

A statement released by the city of Broomfield today announces that Extraction provided notice of their intent to begin spudding the 16 permitted wells on the United pad. This pad is located south of 160th and west of Huron. Spudding could begin as soon as May 18th, the announcement said. Drilling and fracking operations at other Extraction sites have…

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Extraction Challenges Broomfield’s Ability to Protect Its Residents During Pandemic

Legal briefs from both Extraction Oil and Gas and the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) are due on Friday, April 3 regarding CCOB Board of Health’s proposed order to protect the health of Broomfield residents living near the Livingston Pad by suspending flowback during the COVID-19 stay at home period ordered by the governor.  On March 27, Extraction…

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