Spotlight on Citizen Comments from CCoB meeting 2/27/2018: Neil Allaire

If you haven’t heard Neil speak clearly about his concerns related to oil and gas development in Broomfield, you haven’t been paying attention. Neil Allaire has lived in Colorado for 40 years and in Broomfield Heights for 15. One reason he chose to live and raise his kids in Colorado is the pristine beauty and healthy environment the state is known for. He feels…

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What to Do If You Received a Lease Offer for Your Minerals From an Oil and Gas Company or Landman: Two Broadlands Families’ Reactions

by Camia Lowman and Jason Davis Camia: We were served with a lease letter from Extraction on a Wednesday evening while we were trying to get dinner ready for our family. We immediately started texting neighbors to ask them what this was and if they also got one. We had assumed we didn’t own our mineral rights in Broadlands,…

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The Job No One Else is Doing

Heidi Henkel, a Broomfield Citizen, spoke in support of Joe Salazar’s bill  HB 18-1071 in front of the Colorado State Legislature on 2/1/2018. Her statement rang true for several Broomfield residents, who applauded her efforts and bold statement. Heidi is pictured here with fellow local residents at the Capitol, Left to right: Heidi Henkel, AnnMarie Cleary, Laurie Anderson, Sara…

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COGCC Changes Hearing Rules to Limit Public Commentary

It’s been rumored that COGCC Director Matt Lepore is tired of community organizers. If this is true, it should come as no surprise that the COGCC has changed their rules concerning public comments during hearings. You can find the new rules here.  http://cogcc.state.co.us/documents/reg/Hearings/Commission%20Changes%20to%20Public%20Comment%20Process_20180122.pdf Here is a brief summary of the new rules: A pre-hearing public sign-up sheet with be…

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“A Real Problem Here:” No State Money to Protect the Health and Safety of Broomfield Citizens

On Dec. 11 as we once again waited patiently to bring our Broomfield oil and gas development concerns to the attention of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the drone of the usual staff reports began.  However, the conversation quickly elevated to an incredulous tone as Bob Randall, the executive director for the Colorado Department of Natural…

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Late Influx of Oil & Gas Industry $$ Could Not Suppress the Will of Broomfield Citizens

As the citizens of Broomfield began to mobilize their grassroots effort to protect the health and safety of Broomfield residents in the summer of 2017, they were confident that the concerns of Broomfield voters would prevail.  However, the oil and gas industry quickly poured over $300,000 into the campaign to oppose the measure, as reported in the first campaign…

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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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