No Council Special Meeting on August 13 for Water Sale Discussion

There will not be a Special Meeting of Broomfield City Council on Tuesday, August 14 at 5 p.m. to discuss the sale of municipal water to Extraction for drilling their remaining wells. A City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Staff member confirmed there would not be any meeting after residents inquired why no agenda had been posted by Monday.  There is a Study Session beginning at 6 p.m. where Item B.3 will be continuing review of proposed revisions to CCOB’s oil and gas regulations in light of SB181.

In an August 1 announcement, CCOB had stated it would hold a special Council meeting on August 13 to consider whether to sell municipal water to Extraction for usage in mixing cement for drilling operations.  That would have required an ordinance to amend the Operator Agreement which states that, “…Other than for irrigating landscape material, Operator shall not use City water for any of its oil and gas operations…”  CCOB had stated that the sale of municipal water would save 690 water truck trips during drilling at the pads, which only represented about 1% of the total truck trips. 

As of Monday night, 568 signatures had been gathered on a Broomfield Health and Safety First Petition titled, “City of Broomfield: Do NOT Sell Our Water!” You can still sign the petition here.

You can read Broomfield Concerned’s blog on that August 1 CCOB announcement here, containing related facts and pertinent parts of the Operator Agreement.