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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Local Group Cites Current Law: Questions City’s Willingness to Uphold Laws and Take Available Legal Measures

Local citizens, in conjunction with Broomfield Clean Air and Water, are asking that City Council: a) Not approve any Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) from Extraction until it is fully compliant with the Broomfield City Charter – including the amendment to Section 2.1 Powers, Rights, and Liabilities; b) Exercise the City’s rights on the Default and Force Majeure clauses given…

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Council Formally Supports Colorado House Bills on Forced Pooling Changes and Incident Reporting

With unanimous votes, Council agreed to support Colorado House Bill 18-1289 on forced pooling changes for government entities and HB 18-1157, a bill to increase transparency around oil field accidents and injuries.  Mayor Ahrens will testify on behalf of the City for both bills at the House Transportation and Energy Committee on March 14th at 1:30 p.m. The vote…

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Add One More Safety Concern Based on Extraction Berthoud Accident

Extraction’s horizontal well drilling near the area of an improperly plugged well caused a spill on October 29 in Berthoud, CO, according to a March 8 article in the Reporter-Herald based on a newly published COGCC accident report last week.  The Extraction well was actually over 3000 feet away from the accident site, where a surprised landowner found chemical-laden…

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Broomfield’s March 7 Letter to Extraction on the Comprehensive Drilling Plan

In a 3/7/18 letter to Extraction Oil and Gas titled “Broomfield’s Response to Extraction’s January 22, 2018, letter regarding the Comprehensive Drilling Plan,” the City states that it can’t approve the Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) until Extraction addresses 40 pages of comments from the following divisions:  Planning, Engineering, Open Space and Trails, Traffic, Health, and Emergency. Included in Exhibit…

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Lafayette Community Forum: CELDF Maps Out the Bold Path Forward

This Monday night, March 5th, members of the Lafayette Council and Lafayette Mayor, Christine Berg, met with Tom Linzey, Senior Counsel of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) in a special community forum held in the Lafayette Public Library to discuss the possibility of enforcing Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights as a ban on fracking and extraction of…

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Thank You for Citizen Comments on COGCC Permits; Additional Permits Posted on March 2

A tremendous thank you to all the Broomfield and Adams County residents who posted comments on the Livingston and Interchange Pad COGCC drilling permits before the March 1 deadline.  There is no indication that there was a change in their COGCC status on March 2, as could have been possible for the Livingston Pad. Given all of the difficulties…

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The Colorado Gas Wars: Where Things Fall Apart, for There is No Center

This in-depth article covers the current state of oil and gas regulations in Colorado amid the abundance of oil and gas site accidents.  Please follow this link to the article.  https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/02/the-colorado-gas-wars-where-things-fall-apart-for-there-is-no-center/ About the author: Phil Doe has been fighting for Colorado’s water for most of his adult life. He served as Bureau Chief and Environmental Compliance Officer for the…

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Crestone Files for New Oil and Gas Development with City; Additional Updates From Feb. 27 Council Meeting

Considering it was a Council meeting with no oil and gas items formally listed on the agenda, there was a lot of oil and gas news at the Feb. 27 Council Meeting.   The relevant news occurred during the Attorney’s Report, Manager’s Report and Citizen Comments.  Here is a summary of 11 oil and gas items: 1) Extraction filed a…

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