Extraction Repairs to Sheridan Parkway Will Take at Least 60 Days, According to Dec. 11 Council Meeting Estimate

On November 28th while attempting to drill a 20 inch pipeline under the road, Extraction caused damage to Sheridan Parkway. At the December 11 Council Meeting, Assistant City Manager Kevin Standbridge estimated that road repairs to Sheridan Parkway will not be made by Extraction for about 60 to 75 days. Wildgrass resident Shannon Hammel reported that damage as causing danger to drivers at the last Council Meeting on Dec. 4.  In other news, Council directed Staff to ask for a hearing on the newly approved Goltl Pad Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) permits and Broomfield City Common’s status as a Designated Outdoor Activity Area (DOAA) will be decided at the Jan. 28 & 29 COGCC hearing.

There were only four lines in the 12-page Oil and Gas Update about the Extraction accident and Director of Strategic Initiatives Tami Yellico did not mention it in her oral report to Council.  Public comment questions from Jean Lim (author) and Council Members resulted in further information from Staff.  Ms. Yellico said that when Extraction gave the City the report on the accident that it would be shared with the public.

Council Member Shaff said he had driven on that road that day and there were no signs that the Staff had stated were placed there earlier to warn cars of the damage.  In response to Council Member Shelton’s question, City Engineer Katie Allen stated that Extraction had completed two of the three pipelines and would be putting in the third pipeline there tomorrow.

After the three pipelines are installed, Assistant City Manager Standbridge said that the City would be giving Extraction three firm names to chose from as consultants on what went wrong in their assessment of the geological factors in their pipeline installation in this area where the “geology is unique.”  So with the time involved with the consultant plus construction work, that puts the repair at an estimated 60 to 75 days.  Ms. Yellico said that Extraction should learn from this what “precautions to take in the future.”

Ms. Lim also asked why there has been no Oil and Gas News item since the Nov. 28 Extraction accident occurred to warn drivers and inform the public about the road damage.  Both Council Members Castriotta and Shelton asked Staff to err on the side of overcommunicating about these issues.

Broomfield resident Lizzie Lario asked why Extraction was being allowed to move forward on Interchange Pad construction when there were four pending well permits on the Interchange Pads and there was no Extraction Sheridan accident report.  Ms. Lario further stated that, “Wildgrass residents continue to have their property rights ignored by Extraction and the COGCC.  For 2 months, Wildgrass mineral owners in Sections 12 & 13 have been challenging the fact that they were never given notice about Livingston Boundary Well S19-25-1N.  Despite evidence that residents supplied to both Extraction and the COGCC that they hold title to their mineral rights, Extraction has denied that claim and provided no proof as to who does own the mineral rights.”  Ms. Yellico said that she would be in contact with Wildgrass residents to follow up on that.  Ms. Lario ended with, “At what point is the City going to be willing to call out Extraction on its violation of property rights and its early accident in asking for XOG’s consideration in waiting to move forward?  We hope that the City does not think that its hands are tied as far as communication and transparency about problems that occur as this project goes forward.”

Council directed the Staff to file for a COGCC hearing on the Goltl Pads which just had the Form 2A and 2s permitted.  Council Member Castriotta stated that Ward 5 is “becoming a repository for oil and gas development.”  In response to a question from Council Member Shelton, Ms. Yellico said that they will focus on additional BMPs and the needs of future development in that area for their hearing comments.

The Broomfield County Commons will have a COGCC hearing on Jan 28 & 29 to approve a DOAA status for it.  Broomfield started this application process with the COGCC almost a year ago.  Ms. Yellico reported that researching the mineral rights for the area cost the City around $60,000 and that notices would be sent out to mineral and surface owners in the area, as required by the State.  There are only 2 DOAAs in the State, one in Longmont and one on the Western Slope.  Ms. Yellico said that the next priorities for Broomfield DOAAs will depend on where drillers are likely to next target, with the City’s priorities listed in her next report.

In the Air Quality Monitoring System, all but four of the IOT sensors are in place, with the Wildgrass sensor up tomorrow and the three Interchange sensors up later this week.  They have collected 2000 data points so far and will have preliminary data available by the first of the year.

The City hired CTEH to prepare a surprise emergency drill.  Extraction and North Metro will not be told the nature of the emergency before the drill exercise.

The Staff is confident that the Oil and Gas Complaint process is operating correctly now.  They will give a summary report to Council in the next couple weeks and expect data to be available to the public in January.

Baseline noise studies on the Interchange Pads near I-25 showed that C scale readings were already up to 88.7 decibels with truck traffic.  Staff is in the process of purchasing portable noise monitors for City usage.

The Staff also said that they are continuing to monitor the Acme Pad.  They will request to be given a hearing for the Form 2A and Form 2 permits as an affected government.

At the end of the meeting, Council went into Executive Session for legal advice regarding the lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians and Resident Rights.  They were to discuss the response by the plaintiffs to the City’s motion to dismiss.