Colorado Rising and Broomfield Groups Send Letter to Gov. Polis, CDPHE and COGCC to Stop Permitting

Although SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations was passed and signed into law, the bill allows permitting to go forward under many conditions until the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) complete rulemaking to implement it.  Colorado Rising, WildEarth Guardians and local community groups sent letters to…

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Residents Rights Statement After Ruling in Favor of Broomfield’s Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

You can read Judge Anderson’s ruling in favor of Broomfield’s Motion to Dismiss the case of Residents Rights and WildEarth Guardians v. City and County of Broomfield and Broomfield City Manager Charles Ozaki here. Here is the statement from Residents Rights in response to the ruling: “After nearly 6 months, District Chief Judge Anderson ruled in favor of Broomfield’s…

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Waking Up to Petroleum Odors on Mother’s Day Near the Interchange Pad

Happy Mother’s Day!  Residents near the Interchange B Pad at 156th and Huron woke up to a heavy petroleum odor beginning at 8:40 am this morning which spread throughout the neighborhood and permeated the area for 30 to 45 minutes.  The City had written that Extraction would be drilling the 5th well on Interchange this weekend, after having already…

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Traffic Risks: Sheridan Boulevard Finally Being Repaired at Same Time as Livingston Wall Construction Set to Begin

On page 3 of the May 14 Oil and Gas Update, it lists two upcoming Extraction activities near the Livingston Pad.  At the same time that 32 foot sound wall construction is set to begin on Livingston “on or around May 17,” Sheridan Boulevard is finally being repaired “on or after May 20” from the November 28 heaving accident…

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Start of Construction Updates: Livingston Wall on May 17 and Northwest A & B Pad May 15

Broomfield announced the following Extraction activities will begin next week: Livingston Sound Wall Installation will begin around May 17 near the corner of Sheridan and Lowell. Northwest A & B Pad construction will begin around May 15 in the Davis/Nordstrom Open Space. Nordstrom 2-4 legacy well on the NE corner of Sheridan and 160th will be removed starting May…

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“Study suggests earthquakes are triggered well beyond fluid injection zones” – Tufts University

News Release, Tufts University 5/3/19 “Using data from field experiments and modeling of ground faults, researchers at Tufts University have discovered that the practice of subsurface fluid injection used in ‘fracking’ and wastewater disposal for oil and gas exploration could cause significant, rapidly spreading earthquake activity beyond the fluid diffusion zone. Deep fluid injections — greater than one kilometer deep…

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“In ‘new era’ of oil and gas regulation, Colorado communities waste no time writing own rules” – The Denver Post

“Pro-industry forces watching closely for regulatory ‘overreach’” By John Aguilar, The Denver Post 5/6/19 After the passage of SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations, Denver Post Reporter John Aguilar surveys local communities who are looking at “how to flex their newfound muscle.”  The article includes plans from the following local communities: Thorton where resident Abbey Palte says…

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First Quarter Report of Air Quality Monitoring Published With May 14 Study Session Presentation to Follow

Ajax Analytics and Colorado State University have published their first quarter report on Air Quality Monitoring near the Extraction well sites, as specified by their contract with the City and County of Broomfield.  The report covers data collected from the “pre-oil and gas development period” from October 4, 2018 through March 31, 2019.  During that period, pad construction activities…

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Intermittent Strong Petroleum Odors Reported From Interchange B Pad

Strong petroleum odor problems are continuing to be reported daily at periodic intervals by residents living near the Interchange B Pad (156 and Huron) where Extraction is in the process of drilling 10 wells.  Residents with breathing difficulties are being forced to stay in their closed-up homes at these times. Inspectors from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission…

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