Regulation Amendments for Complaint Process and Reverse Setbacks Return to Jan 15 Study Session

  When the Oil and Gas Regulations (Ordinance No. 2067) were approved on July 10 with outstanding questions, Mayor Ahrens stated that the passing of the regulations was “a first step,” with “amendments every two weeks if we need to.”  Six months later, two amendments which were deferred at that time are still in process due to continuing concerns…

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Breaking News: Ruling Against Martinez by Colorado Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and against Martinez in reversing the Court of Appeals decision. The ruling was that the COGCC “properly declined to engage in rulemaking to consider Respondents’ proposed rule.” From the ruling: “Respondents proposed a rule that, among other things, would have precluded the Commission from issuing…

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City’s Response to Anthem Ranch Oil and Gas Education Group’s Safety Concerns Shows Continuing Unresolved Issues

On January 3, the leaders of the Anthem Ranch Oil & Gas Education Group (AROGEG) sent a letter to Broomfield’s Mayor and Council Members requesting their help in addressing several issues.  AROGEG received a response from Tami Yellico, Director of Strategic Initiatives, on January 8.  In a statement to AROGEG members in releasing the City’s letter, AROGEG stated that,…

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Welcome to the New Year: Broomfield Residents Attend Council Meeting to Request Update on Outstanding Oil and Gas Issues

Fourteen Broomfield residents started the New Year at Council during January 8 Public Comments by “requesting an update on a number of items related to oil and gas development in Broomfield.”  Speaker Jennifer Dulles referred to “similar challenges” that were unfortunately continuing from the previous year.  Most of the speakers referred to a six-page letter that was submitted to…

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Weld County Spill Puts Benzene in Groundwater

High levels of benzene were released into the groundwater in Weld County at the end of December, according to the “Weld County oil and gas spill report for Jan. 6” in The Tribune (Greeley).  The article states, “• KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP, reported Dec. 28 a historical tank battery spill about 7 miles northeast of Fort Lupton,…

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“Lafayette may again extend drilling moratorium as Legislature mulls new rules” – The Daily Camera

By Anthony Hahn, The Daily Camera 1/6/19 “Lafayette’s temporary drilling moratorium could soon extend into an 18th month.” “City leaders in the coming weeks are poised to prolong the twice-extended oil and gas stay ahead of its February expiration while a new Democratic Legislature reexamines state regulations. If approved, the embargo would expire in May.” “An extension ‘would be…

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“2019 State, Local Priorities Under Discussion” – Broomfield Enterprise

By Jennifer Rios, Broomfield Enterprise 1/4/19 In the article, citizens are reminded that they can comment on their 2019 priorities for Broomfield by Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. at https://www.broomfieldvoice.com/council-priorities   Then, according to the article, “that feedback will be shared with council members at their annual focus session Jan. 29. At that time, council will discuss those findings and cull…

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“‘This is a wake-up call’: Drilling opponents putting full-court press on Jared Polis to halt new wells in Colorado” – The Denver Post

“’This is a wake-up call’: Drilling opponents putting full-court press on Jared Polis to halt new wells in Colorado: With Democrats in firm control of state government, activists hope for regulatory results in 2019″ By John Aguilar, The Denver Post 1/3/19 The following are excerpts from the Jan. 3 front page Denver Post article focusing on the Jan. 3…

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“Whose House? Our House!” – Legislative Rally on Jan. 3 Sponsored by Denver Indivisible, Broomfield Health and Safety First and Other Neighborhood Groups Across Colorado

Thursday, Jan. 3 from 12 pm MT – 1:30 pm MT Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock, 80202 Information provided by the organizers of the rally: “There is a rally this Thursday at Civic Center Park from 12:00-1:30 pm, supported by neighborhood groups, 3 impacted citizens, and other speakers who will be rallying behind the Green New Deal…

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