Interchange B Drilling to Begin As Soon as March 21 Despite Extraction Not Having Secured All the Mineral Rights

Extraction will begin drilling (spud) operations on or after March 21, 2019 on the Interchange B site, according to a March 14 announcement by Broomfield on its Oil and Gas webpage.  The installation of the sound walls is now complete.  You can see pictures of equipment and further descriptions of activities to be expected on the site here, as provided by the City.  The map below shows the Interchange B Pad south of the Interchange A Pad.  The map does not show the residences directly to the south and east. 

According to the Operator Agreement, there are ten wells to be drilled on Interchange B with each well taking about six days to drill.  The intention of this provision was to provide a test case before Livingston was drilled but the Operator Agreement did not specify that well completion was necessary at Interchange B before Livingston was drilled.  On the City’s latest February timetable from Extraction, Livingston drilling may begin sometime after June 1.

It is unclear why Extraction would be allowed to go forward with drilling beginning March 29 when Extraction would not have secured all the mineral rights by that date.  Extraction’s Forced Pooling Order Application of Huron South is on the April 29 & 30 COGCC hearing docket as Docket Number 190400292.  Huron South is the spacing unit for the Interchange A & B Pads.  Questions regarding why Extraction could drill before securing all the mineral rights have been raised to the City and Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) by residents living near the Interchange Pads but there are no reported responses from either entity.  In the case of WOGc v. COGCC in U. S. District Court regarding the constitutionality of Colorado forced pooling statutes, Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s orders regarding Lowell South (Livingston Pad) indicated that drilling should not take place until forced pooling had been approved.     

Also, as late as Friday morning, March 14, Extraction still had five Interchange B well permits yet to be approved.  Four of these were approved by the COGCC on Friday afternoon, March 14 (401475431, 401475419, 401475418, 401475347).  There is still one well permit on Interchange B that is marked as “on hold” (401504488).

Air quality monitoring equipment is in place near the Interchange Pads but the public portal to access the data is not fully operational.  Noise monitoring equipment paid for by the City is “expected” to be installed by Vibra-Tech Engineers prior to drilling to provide continuous noise monitoring equipment, according to p. 15 of the March 19 Council Oil and Gas Update (Item 13(b)). 

As required by the Operator Agreement, water quality baseline testing by Extraction for all available water sources within a half mile radius of the Interchange B well pad has been successfully completed, according to a March 14 announcement by the City.  “Water sources include registered water wells and the samples must be completed prior to the commencement of drilling a well and then at one, three, and six years after commencement of the Production Phase.”

The City’s announcement says that residents should contact Extraction at (720) 974-7740 with any questions about activities.  Residents with complaints are encouraged to look at our page listing resources for filing them, including the City’s complaint system.

View from the street on 153rd Place through a neighborhood driveway towards Interchange A.