April 9 Council Meeting: Should Council Direct Staff to Revise Regulations Based on SB19-181 and Further Fund the HAZID?

Staff will ask Council if they should begin revising Broomfield’s Oil and Gas Regulations and other code in light of the passage of SB19-181 Protect Public Health in Oil and Gas Operations.  This question will be raised during the Attorney’s report towards the end of the April 9 Council meeting.  Also on the Consent Agenda as Item 7h is a resolution to “authorize total 2019 annual expenditures to DNV-GL USA in an amount not to exceed $96,900 without additional approval by the City Council.”    

Broomfield Oil and Gas regulations were adopted on July 10, 2018 and the State legislature’s bill was just sent to Governor Polis’s desk for his signature on April 3.  Many Broomfield residents along with other area impacted citizens have been involved for over three years in providing input and testimony for this and other related legislation to protect the health, safety and welfare of Coloradans living near oil and gas development.   

There were many recommendations from the Broomfield Oil and Gas Task Force that were not implemented as Council cited the possibility of preemption by the State at the time.  Also, many Broomfield residents have raised questions if Ballot Measure 301 has been fully implemented.  SB19-181 provides greater power to local governments to regulate oil and gas operations as is done with every other industry, including conditioning and denying permits. 

It is likely that any direction from Council to Staff to begin revisions will eventually result in Council Study Sessions and the opportunity for community input.  If you would like to email Council before tonight’s meeting to encourage them to tell Staff to go forward with studying revisions based on SB 19-181, you can email them at council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org

Consent Agenda Item 7h Resolution No. 2019-109 Authorizing and Approving an Annual Aggregate Spending for Services with DNV GL USA would allocate additional funding for DNV-GL USA, the consultant hired by the City to help facilitate the production of the HAZID.  At a March 22 Community Meeting on the HAZID, many Broomfield residents expressed their frustration with the overall approach of the City and DNV-GL USA and its value as a “risk assessment.”

It should also be noted that Council is holding Executive Sessions as they begin the process of selecting the next City and County of Broomfield Manager.  As part of this process, there will eventually be interviews open to the public.  On February 1, CCOB Manager Ozaki announced that his retirement would be effective as of August 1, 2019.