Thursday, Nov. 7 Study Session Agenda Features Oil and Gas Regulations, Air Quality Monitoring and Property Value Impacts Study

Cancelled due to weather and rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 29, Council will discuss further revisions to the oil and gas regulations, proposed improvements to the Air Quality Monitoring Program and the long-awaited Property Value Impacts Study.  If you have feedback prior to Tuesday’s meeting, you can write Council at  

In Item 2, the second phase of the revisions to the oil and gas regulations will focus on risk, location and siting, and impacts to resources. The draft is proposing 2000 foot setbacks in siting “based on the recent CDPHE health impacts study,” but with a staff recommendation for a variance process that “would allow an applicant that believes that they can construct and operate a facility that can be controlled to prevent adverse health effects at a distance of less than 2,000 feet, to pursue a reduced setback.”  Please read the entire text of Item 2 here.

The Oil and Gas Community Workshop with public input on this second phase of revisions to the regulations will occur on Wednesday, October 30 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm in Council Chambers.  If you can’t make the meeting, you can also give your feedback here.

The Staff is suggesting improvements to the Air Quality Monitoring Program that will require an amendment to the agreement with Ajax Analytics and CSU and require additional funding, with the new cost for 4 years beginning in 2020 at around $3 million.  The proposed enhancements focus on usage of Apis sensors with increased capabilities, more frequent sensor reporting and a better public portal.  Early feedback from some residents is that the sensors will still not be adequate for detection of levels of chemicals causing reported health impacts. Please read the entire text of item 3 here.

A Property Value Impact Study on homes near proposed oil and gas development was first discussed by that Property Value Subcommittee of the Oil and Gas Comprehensive Plan Committee in 2017.  The period of this long-awaited study uses data from January 1, 2012 to September 30, 2019 and looks at homes in Anthem within one mile of the Livingston Pad.  The Council overview of the study results suggests that there are very little noticeable impacts yet.  However, in “Next Steps” the document does point out that the study should be continued until at least June 2020 when the full impact of drilling and fracking the Livingston Pad would be included. Also, some residents have already pointed out that the mile radius of the study does not fully account for the large impact on the sale of individual houses closest to the Livingston Pad.  Please read the entire text of item 4 here.