Temporary Moratorium Passes as Council Continues Questions on Current Extraction Projects

At the Tuesday, May 28 Council Meeting, Council unanimously passed the second reading of Ordinance No. 2091, “a moratorium on processing new and pending applications for use by special reviews or operator agreements for oil and gas developments to allow Broomfield to amend its oil and gas regulations to account for new regulatory authority granted to local governments by SB 19-181.” 

Broomfield residents Chris and Ann Marie Cleary both encouraged a “yes” vote on the moratorium to update City regulations in line with SB19-181.  Broomfield Resident Jean Lim (author) stated her support of the moratorium and requested a clarification on the Nov. 14 termination date which seemed to be based on the first reading date instead of when the ordinance would go into effect.  After some Council and Staff discussion, Council Member Erickson put forward a substitute amendment with a termination date of Dec. 4, Council Member Kreeger seconded it and the Council vote was unanimous.

There were many Council questions during a hurried Oil and Gas Update as Council had to finish Executive Session after the regular Council meeting.  You can read the report here.  Some of the highlights include:

  • ROAD HEAVE: Council Member Shaff asked why the Sheridan Blvd heave was delayed until mid June from its previously announced repair date of May 28.  Director of Special Initiatives Tami Yellico said that Extraction had just informed them on May 12 of the delay.  The City asked Extraction not to begin heavy truck traffic for drilling at the same time as the road repair.  Extraction had recently announced that spudding (initial drilling) would begin on the Livingston Pad on June 5.   
  • ODOR: Council Member Kreeger asked if Extraction’s “neutralizing” of the odor at the Interchange Pad was just masking it.  Ms. Yellico stated she needed to get more detail and would get back to Council..

  • DRILLING MUD: Council Member Castriotta asked why Extraction was using Gibson D822 at the Interchange Pad when it was banned in Erie.  Ms. Yellico reported that Extraction said that the drilling mud now being used in Erie was untested and might cause ignition problems on the site.  In response to Council Member Castriotta’s questions about the City’s priority in protecting public health, Ms. Yellico stated that the Operator Agreement did not give the City the authority to tell Extraction what drilling mud to use.

  • HAZID:  Council Member Groom asked if the City had received the HAZID by phase from DNV-GL that she had requested.  Ms. Yellico stated that they had just received it and would distribute it to Council.  Council Member Groom wanted to examine it to see if the City could work with Extraction to minimize the risk factors occurring simultaneously by changing the project timeline.