Letter to Council on Spacing Unit Application Protest for Oct. 31 COGCC Meeting

Background:  During the Citizen Comments in the morning portion of the October 30 State (COGCC) Hearing, Adams County’s great questions during Citizen Comments about the location of the wells caused some of the COGCC Commissioners to request a full hearing of all the Extraction applications on October 31.  Since the Commissioners now want to reserve the right to do…

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Where Do We Go from Here?

At the Broomfield City Council Meeting on Oct 24th, after hearing 80+ speakers and multiple motions, the Amended Agreement with Extraction was ultimately approved 6 to 4. City Council agreed to 84 wells: 19 at Livingston (SW corner of Sheridan and Lowell) and 65 along the NW Pkwy between Sheridan and United. Those for approving the Amended Agreement cited…

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Concerned Citizen Petition

Laurie Anderson, a concerned Broomfield citizen, created a petition asking local citizens to pressure the Broomfield City Council. She argues that the work of the Comprehensive Planning committee is not done, and that approving the Extraction MOU at tonight’s City Council meeting would be “a violation of citizen trust that must be rectified by seeing this Comprehensive Plan process through…

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Crunch Time: Write to Council Now or Speak October 24 on the Amended Agreement with Extraction

The scheduled Amended Agreement vote on October 24 is extremely important to our future as residents in Broomfield.  If this Amended Agreement is passed, it will grandfather this Amended Agreement with Extraction before many unresolved matters have been finalized, including ordinances resulting from the Task Force work.  This document seeks to identify some of the concerns that I have. …

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301: Consider what comes in mail, is on TV

by Michael Kohut (see publication note below)   The laws that guide the oil and gas industry were established long ago when nobody was looking and few cared. They were established by an industry that is now essentially in charge of policing itself (the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or the COGCC).   COGCC Director, Matt Lepore, freely…

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The Importance of Question 301

I am more convinced than ever that we need to pass Question 301 to protect the health and safety of Broomfield residents! We need to take bold steps to protect our neighbors and ourselves. Question 301 is a proposed amendment to the Broomfield City Charter that would require any decision about oil and gas development to consider the negative…

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No MOU Please.

It’s September 2017, and I feel like we are watching a bad re-run of Broomfield City Council Shenanigans from August 2013: again engaged with an Oil and Gas Operator and again attempting to lock us into an agreement prior to an election where the citizens have a chance to influence Oil and Gas development in our county. In August…

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Our City, Our Time to March!

Another fun filled Broomfield Days is just around the corner, and I think I am anticipating this one more than my ever-growing daughter!  As my daughter is getting older, I have such fond memories of her watching the parade, excitedly chasing after all the candy as well as marching in the parade excitedly tossing the candy! With the smell…

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What are the Broomfield Economic Benefits?

There has been a lot of debate lately about the potential negative impacts of hydraulic fracturing in densely populated Broomfield residential neighborhoods.  Between discussions on air quality, noise regulation, overall risk tolerance, and setbacks, we could discuss the endless competing views on a national/state level for weeks on end. The truth of the matter likely falls somewhere in between…

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