Extraction Pipeline Risk Analysis Released By City After September 2018 Request to Extraction

The City Staff released Extraction’s long-awaited Pipeline Risk Analysis today.  It is the result of Best Management Practice (BMP) 3 in Exhibit B of the Operator Agreement which reads, “If requested by the City, Operator will conduct a risk analysis to identify potential risks associated with pipelines and the measures implemented that are intended to mitigate such risks.” 

The City requested this Pipeline Risk Analysis from Extraction on September 10, 2018.  In early January 2019, the City reported that Extraction would have the report available to the City by February 22, 2019.  Pipeline construction began in November 2018 as shown on the City’s map below and there has been extensive destruction of Nordstrom Open Space during pipeline construction.  

Extraction’s document states that it “summarizes the risk analysis process and evaluated risks, mitigation, and contingency plans” for pipelines “to transport crude oil, associated field gas, and produced water from production wells and central distribution points.”  Extraction’s affiliate Elevation Midstream, LLC is currently constructing and will operate the pipelines. 

Risk categories identified for pipeline operations in the document include: 

 Release of Gases

 Fire/Explosion

 Surface Water Pollution

 Corrosion Leading to Material Loss

 Mechanical Failure Leading to Material Loss

 Human Error/Miscommunication Leading to Material Loss

 Faulty Design, Construction, or Repair

 Pipeline Failure

 IT Systems Failure Leading to Material Loss

 Surface/Soil Contamination

 Property Infringement/Trespassing

 Odor

 Extreme Weather

 Radiological Exposure

Table 3-1 also lists mitigation measures.  There does not appear to be any quantified analysis of these risks.

If you have comments, please send them to Tami Yellico oilandgas@broomfield.org and/or City Council at council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org   

Please read the 20-page document here  https://drive.google.com/file/d/12N-g6u6F1IUrTThRO6AtZyyINDm4m9Cb/view