During Public Comments at the February 26 City Council Meeting, Barb Binder showed the picture below of Nordstrom Open Space which is just north of her house in unincorporated Adams County. She pointed to the foreground sign stating “Sensitive Wildlife Area” in contrast to the bulldozers creating an Extraction pad access road in the background.
Ms. Binder stated that the open space was originally set aside by Broomfield to serve as a buffer for noise and light from Northwest Parkway for her Adams County neighborhood. She asserted that, “Broomfield’s largest piece of contiguous open space is currently being destroyed because you allowed a surface use agreement of taxpayer funded/owned open space for Oil & Gas without a vote by the very constituents who paid for it with their tax dollars.” She contended that no amount of reclamation in the future could restore it.
There were eight semi trucks in the open space on Tuesday morning when Ms. Binder stated that she had to use her inhaler multiple times. She previously has used it only several times per month and pointed out that “no amount of reclamation is going to fix my lungs.”
The destruction of Nordstrom Open Space is just part of the construction problems that residents near the Northwest and Interchange Pads have been witnessing. According to the February 26 Broomfield Oil and Gas Update Report, “Staff received complaints of mud tracked on Huron Street from activities at the Interchange pads, which was cleaned up by Extraction the same day of the complaint. Staff continues to periodically monitor and record traffic activities and review existing roadway conditions on Huron Street and Sheridan Parkway on a daily basis.”
Neighborhood residents spent Tuesday morning watching Extraction’s workover rig move east across the Nordstrom/Davis Open Space along Extraction’s permitted pipeline easement to Huron. According to the residents, the operation appeared to be done safely and there was immediate cleanup. A resident had filed a complaint with the City the previous day on February 25 about mud on Huron. In response to that complaint, the City relayed that Extraction had a full-time person onsite to monitor and clean up mud on the road.
There was a prior controversy when Extraction’s workover rig had moved into the open space to plug and abandon Nordstrom 3-9 well pad as part of the Operator Agreement. The workover rig was overweight for the roads it used and Adams County had objected to their road usage by Extraction. According to a February 25 statement, Adams County authorized Extraction to use Pecos Street and 156th Avenue to remove the workover rig and sent their Public Works employee to inspect the roads used.