Local Groups Take Their Message to the State

Ten local activist, environmental, and educational groups collaborated to author a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper, imploring him to take immediate action to stop Extraction’s plan to build industrial scale megapads in residential areas that appear to be on deck for approval by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in the near future. State Representative Matt Gray hand delivered the letter to the Governor on the morning of August 8, 2018. Broomfield Council was cc’d along with Bob Randall (ED Department of Natural Resources), Julie Murphy (ED COGCC), Randy Ahrens (Mayor City and County of Broomfield), and Kathleen Staks (ED Colorado Energy Office).

The letter emphasizes the citizens’ tireless efforts to fight for health and safety as a basic right against an industry that seems to have carte blanche when it comes to being granted permits in densely populated areas. It calls attention to commentary from COGCC Commissioner Howard Boigon that a development of the size and scale proposed in Broomfield has never been tried near residential communities. The groups are asking Governor Hickenlooper for action: “Please lead again and represent the people of Colorado over the oil and gas industry as we face unprecedented development that turns neighborhoods and schoolyards into heavy industrial zones. This means insisting that the COGCC change their rules quickly to counter industry bullying and sense of entitlement. This means giving localities more control by supporting Broomfield staff and council in assuring health and safety, and it means directing COGCC Director Julie Murphy to say no to the current Extraction proposal.”

The following community groups signed the letter:

  • LOGIC – League of Oil and Gas Impacted
    Coloradans
  • Broomfield Moms Active Community
  • One Broomfield Indivisible
  • BCCN – Broomfield Concerned a Coalition
    of Neighborhoods
  • WOGc – Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee
  • 301 Broomfield Health and Safety First
  • BCAW – Broomfield Clean Air and Water
  • ACCDAN – Adams County Communities
    for Drilling Accountability Now
  • FRRESH – Front Range Residents for
    Environment, Safety, and Health
  • AROGEG – Anthem Ranch Oil and Gas
    Education Group

Click here to read the letter from local community groups to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper