City Rejects Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan and Concludes Extraction Should Not Submit Permits

In a 1/22 letter to Extraction, the City rejected Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan that Extraction was required to submit in compliance with its Oct. 24 Operator Agreement with the City for Extraction’s proposed 84 well development.  The City also concluded that Extraction should be prohibited from submitting its Form 2 and 2A (drilling) permits to the State (COGCC), until…

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Update on State (COGCC) Permitting for Oil and Gas Development in Broomfield

We are continuing to monitor the oil and gas permitting process at the State (COGCC) in order to ensure that Broomfield residents have the opportunity to express their concerns there.  Upcoming items related to the COGCC include: – Extraction’s Form 2 and 2A permits for wells sited in Broomfield – the January 29 COGCC hearings – new procedures to…

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“New anti-fracking group buds in Lafayette, adding to list of local activists” The Daily Camera

By Amelia Arvesen, The Daily Camera 1/14 This article introduces a variety of citizen groups in the area which are active regarding neighborhood oil and gas development. Groups expressing concern about neighborhood drilling include: -Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (fighting an Extraction/8 North proposal near Pioneer Elementary School) – Boulder County Protectors – East Boulder County United – Our Health,…

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Staff and Citizens Agree that Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan Has Many Deficiencies; Council Will Hold Executive Session on 301

Who could have predicted that the least contentious item during the Jan. 9 City Council meeting would be Item 13b “Update on Oil and Gas Issues?”  After hearing about a dozen critical citizen comments regarding Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) submitted on December 15, Broomfield Special Counsel Tami Yellico stated that the Staff had already noted many of the…

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“Colorado oil-gas regulators delay decisions on rules for pipelines” The Denver Post 1/9

At the Jan. 9 Broomfield City Council meeting, Special Counsel Tami Yellico reported that regional groups would meet with the COGCC staff again next week, as the COGCC delayed its decision on new flowline regulations until Feb. 13.  Along with Ms. Yellico, North Metro Fire District Deputy Chief of Operations Jeff Bybee and Special Consulting Attorney Elizabeth Paranhos presented…

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“Ballot proposal to expand Colorado’s oil and gas buffer zones is filed” Denver Business Journal 12/21

“Ballot proposal to expand Colorado’s oil and gas buffer zones is filed” By Cathy Proctor, Denver Business Journal 12/21/17 “Colorado Rising, an organization focused on expanding Colorado’s existing buffer zones around oil and gas fracking operations, said it’s filed a new ballot initiative with state officials. The group said its proposal calls for a ‘2,500 foot buffer zones between…

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Broomfield City Council wraps up the year with oil and gas updates – Broomfield Enterprise 12/20

 “Broomfield City Council wraps up the year with oil and gas updates: City’s well inspection program to be expanded in 2018”   By Jennifer Rios, The Broomfield Enterprise 12/20/17 The article covers the highlights of the Dec. 19 Study Session on oil and gas issues, including the beginning of discussions of the impact of 301 as presented by 301…

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COGCC budget in peril: Will you be forced to pick up the tab for regulating the oil and gas industry? Boulder Weekly 12/21

“COGCC budget in peril: Will you be forced to pick up the tab for regulating the oil and gas industry?” By Matt Cortina – 12/21/17, Boulder Weekly How can the COGCC claim to be able to protect our health and safety with such a budget shortfall? Those of us who attended the 12/11 COGCC hearings were shocked to hear…

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“What Went Wrong?” – “Firestone Gas Explosion” Episode of Insight with John Ferrugia 12/14/17

“What went wrong?” Firestone, Erie and Broomfield are featured in “Firestone Gas Explosion,” the latest episode of Insight with John Ferrugia, a production of Rocky Mountain PBS. John Ferrugia’s investigative piece features: – An examination of the Firestone tragedy, flowline regulations and enforcement, with comments by Firestone residents, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Director Matt Lepore, Anadarko…

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