Extraction Beginning Construction of Interchange Pads Despite Outstanding Well Permits

On December 6, the City and County of Broomfield announced in its Oil and Gas News Items that on Monday, December 10 Extraction would begin construction of the Interchange A & B Pads, located in the southwest corner near the interchange of I-25 and Northwest Parkway.  Although the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Form 2A and 25 Form 2s for these pads were approved on August 23 by the COGCC, there are four Form 2s for Interchange B wells that are still pending after their November posting on the COGCC permit webpage.

In fact, the comments for these four well permits include some by the Broomfield Local Government Designee (LGD) representing the City of Broomfield, asking that all Best Management Practices required by the Operator Agreement be applied by the COGCC to the permits. Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee (WOGc) and a few citizens also have comments on these pending permits.

Broomfield resident Jean Lim (author) wrote to Broomfield LGD Tami Yellico and Council in the early afternoon of December 6 to ask if the City can object to Extraction’s construction of the Interchange Pads until all pending Interchange Form 2s for these wells are resolved.  Ms. Yellico’s response on December 7 stated, “Nothing in the Operator Agreement requires that all the drilling permits be approved by the COGCC before they begin pad construction.  Extraction does need an approved grading permit from the Broomfield for the pad construction and they have complied with our process.  They will have to have approved COGCC Form 2 permits for these 4 wells before drilling the wells.”

If you would like to email any concerns about the beginning of the construction of the Interchange Pads, here are a few email addresses:

Council  council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org

Broomfield Oil and Gas Local Government Designee Tami Yellico oilandgas@broomfield.org

City and County Attorney Sullivan citycountyattorney@broomfield.org

Please see the entire notice from the City on Extraction’s construction of the Interchange Pads beginning the week of December 10 here.  It states that the Access Drive and Pads will be constructed in one phase, along with the following:

“What to Expect During Construction: All access and construction activity will be within the temporary work easement area along the Interchange Access and pad sites. Initial operations will include clearing the access and pad site construction areas of vegetation and grading the surface, followed by installation of basing material, basic pad construction, installation of the sound wall, and inspection. Finally, the work area will be backfilled and reclaimed to establish new surface vegetation throughout the disturbed non-road bed and non-pad areas. Additionally, berms, bales and sound walls will be installed in coordination with best practice and community input. During the Interchange Pad construction, a variety of equipment is utilized, an example is shown in the equipment section of this document.”

“Estimated Schedule: Initial construction is expected to begin the week of December 10, 2018 and is expected to last for about 5 weeks. Work is anticipated to be performed between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and possibly on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm. No work is expected during the holidays from December 22 through 25, 2018 and on January 1, 2019.”

Here are the comments on the four pending COGCC well permits by the City of Broomfield:

“As the Local Government Designee for the City and County of Broomfield (Broomfield), Broomfield would like to provide the COGCC with an update related to Extraction Oil and Gas, LLC (Extraction) Form 2A permits, by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), including the following permit applications:Doc NumberWell Name401475431Interchange B N35-20-10N By way of an update to the COGCC, on October 24, 2017, Extraction and Broomfield entered into an Amended and Restated Operator Agreement (Agreement).The COGCC spacing orders for these spacing units, dated as of October 31, 2017, indicate that any Permits for the wells within these spacing units must “comport with” the Agreement.We would request that all Best Management Practices required by the Operator Agreement be included as conditions on COGCC’s Form 2s and Form 2As for these permit applications.We further request that COGCC include a note on all approved permits that Extraction must obtain all necessary permits from Broomfield prior to drilling the permitted wells.”