“The Strategy” of the Regulations Discussed at the April 17 Study Session

At the April 17 Study Session, the Staff reviewed the 170-page revised version of the draft regulations which had been published four days previously.  Special Counsel Elizabeth Paranhos stated that the guiding principle in drafting the regulations was to make sure that they were within the bounds of the authority of local government as established by case law since…

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Property Value Study Proposal Raises Many Questions From Council

In reviewing an initial proposal for a property value study on the impact of oil and gas development, the costs of such a study and “unintended consequences” were prominent concerns expressed at the April 17 Study Session by Council Members.  Those expressing these reservations did not live in proximity to the proposed Extraction or Crestone developments, so residents in…

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“Those living near oil and gas facilities may have higher health risks”- University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“Those living near oil and gas facilities may have higher health risks:  Study led by Colorado School of Public Health shows hazardous air pollutant levels measured along the Northern Front Range exceed levels that could affect health” Study by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus published 4/9/18 The researchers included the Colorado School of Public Health, Boulder County Public Health,…

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“State Sen. Vicki Marble violated Colorado ethics law, commission finds” – Colorado Politics

By Marianne Goodland  4/9/18 “Marble was fined $2,242 — twice the cost of holding a Feb. 15, 2017, forum on oil and gas issues that was secretly hosted by Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas at the CB & Potts restaurant in Broomfield.” “According to testimony presented in a Jan. 8, 2018, hearing, the event started out as a meeting on…

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“Pro-fracking group’s shutout in Erie election marks latest stumble in Boulder County, Broomfield politics” – The Daily Camera

“Pro-fracking group’s shutout in Erie election marks latest stumble in Boulder County, Broomfield politics: Heightened activism likely responsible for resistance to big-money contributions, residents say” By Anthony Hahn, The Daily Camera 4/7/18 This article points to the fact that newly elected Erie Mayor Jennifer Carroll and the 3 Board of Trustees all support stronger local control despite massive Vital…

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The City’s Draft Oil and Gas Regulations- Cautious or Antiquated?

According to Broomfield’s Director of Strategic Initiatives, Tami Yellico, at the April 3 City Council Study Session, City staff only put forth draft oil and gas regulations that would not immediately be overturned in court.  Council Member Deven Shaff asked, “Did we miss a step?  301 changed that paradigm.”  He later added, “Why would we legitimize laws that we…

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