Council Holding Executive Session After Many Interchange Pad Problems and Appeals

Strong petroleum odor problems are just the latest addition to the citizen complaints of nearby residents as drilling begins at the Extraction Interchange Pad.  An Executive Session at 5 p.m. today was just added to the previously published Council Agenda for the “purpose of discussing legal advice regarding Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc.’s operations within Broomfield and the Amended and Restated Operator Agreement.”  

You can write your concerns about Extractions’ operations to and use these resources to register your complaints to the City and State agencies

Additional issues of concern and appeals that have been raised in the last week include:

  • Traffic and noise problems continue to be reported as questions have been raised about whether or not Extraction should be allowed to bring in fresh water by truck during the drilling phase per the Operator Agreement.
  • WildEarth Guardians just sent a 4/22 letter to Governor Polis, Attorney General Phil Weiser and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment requesting that they “take action to halt illegal construction of oil and gas production facilities in the City and County of Broomfield” because “Extraction’s well pads are major sources of air pollution and Extraction has begun actual construction of a permanent nature of major stationary sources of air pollution without first obtaining major source permits pursuant to the Colorado State Implementation Plan (SIP).”  Please read the WildEarth Guardians letter that was also submitted to Council by Broomfield Resident Laurie Anderson here
  • Broomfield residents have raised questions to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) as to whether or not they should be allowing Interchange Pad operations to move forward.  Extraction has not proven they have secured mineral rights to the spacing unit under the new April 19 guidelines issued by COGCC Director Robbins.  The readiness of the MLVT freshwater pad for completions is also in doubt since remediation is needed due to historical contamination just uncovered in plugging and abandoning the site.

You can read citizen complaints reported to the City here.