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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City Will Hire Special Counsel for Questions About Confidentiality in Executive Sessions; Citizens Comment on Lack of Teamwork

During the Attorney’s Report at the Feb. 27 Council Meeting, Interim CCOB Attorney Pat Gilbert asked for consent from Council to hire special counsel to review the Feb. 20 Executive Session.  This special counsel will provide a legal opinion to Council on what parts of the Feb. 20 Executive Session and other Executive Sessions in general must be kept…

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City Comments Submitted to the COGCC on the Livingston and Interchange Pads

In conjunction with the deadline for submission of comments to the COGCC on March 1 at 11 am, the City has posted its submitted comments on the City’s Oil and Gas Webpage.  The 5 page comment document focuses on the fact that Broomfield has not approved Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan that is required of Extraction by the Oct. 24…

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Extraction Report on Dec. 22 Windsor Accident Has No Cause: So Will The Same Fire Happen In Broomfield?

“They have no idea what happened,” said Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens after having read the accident report on the Stromberger Well Pad in the Weld County Windsor area.  Jeff Rickard of Regulatory Compliance Company filed the required report on behalf of Extraction on Feb. 23 with the COGCC for the fire during flowback operations on Dec. 22.  The…

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Extraction Traffic and Pipeline Route Plans Posted along with Timeline

On February 21, the City posted the following on the Oil and Gas webpage: 1) Proposed Extraction Truck Route Map 2) Proposed Extraction Pipeline Route Map along with the Timeline of Extraction Activities. Please click on the titles to view them. The proposed truck route greatly impacts both Broomfield and Adams County residents.  As marked on the map, truck…

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Unknown Decision Made In Executive Session Before Council Exits At 1:30 A.M.

After about two and a half hours in closed City Council chambers for Executive Session on February 20, Broomfield City Council Members exited without reconvening in Council Chambers at about 1:30 A.M.  It is possible that Council made a decision in Executive Session to try to stop permitting on the Livingston Pad from going forward after the February 24…

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