City to Hold Community Meeting on Risk Assessment for Extraction Operations in Broomfield

On Friday, March 22 from 5:00-6:30 p.m, Council will hold a Community Meeting on Risk Assessment for Extraction Operations in Broomfield.  The risk assessment was conducted for Broomfield by DNV GL USA (DNV-GL). 

Written questions are encouraged but must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18 via email to oilandgas@broomfield.org.  

According to the City, the panelists will include Cynthia Spitzenberger and Marisa Pierce from DNV-GL, and Barbara Ganong, a petroleum engineer, who worked on Broomfield’s behalf in the development of the risk assessment.

The highly anticipated and controversial risk assessment report for the Extraction Project in Broomfield by DNV GL USA was first unveiled at the Feb. 19 Study Session after work on the report had begun in October 2018.  At the Feb. 19 Study Session, Council requested more time to review the document and a public comment forum since residents had only been able to email comments. You can read the 508-page document, including a 30-page text followed by data appendices, here.   

According to a January 7, 2019 letter from Broomfield Health and Safety First, Broomfield Concerned and Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee to the City, “the risk analysis has been a requirement since the final negotiations with Extraction and remains a requirement still today.”  They traced the history as: “Extraction agreed to conduct a risk analysis; Extraction then included the Charles Taylor matrix in the first three iterations of the CDP; Extraction then disagreed with the matrix and promptly removed it from the CDP, but refused to do their own analysis; and finally, the City made the risk analysis a condition of the CDP approval (even though the risk analysis is required per the CDP) and then approved the CDP, but stated that, ‘Broomfield will contract with DNV-GL to complete a risk assessment process’ followed by a concerning statement that, ‘[i]f additional mitigation measures are warranted, Broomfield will take action to address them.’ It appears that the contract between the City and DNV-GL is for a Hazard Identification (HAZID), rather than a quantitative risk analysis.”