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COGCC Changes Hearing Rules to Limit Public Commentary

It’s been rumored that COGCC Director Matt Lepore is tired of community organizers. If this is true, it should come as no surprise that the COGCC has changed their rules concerning public comments during hearings. You can find the new rules here.  http://cogcc.state.co.us/documents/reg/Hearings/Commission%20Changes%20to%20Public%20Comment%20Process_20180122.pdf Here is a brief summary of the new rules: A pre-hearing public sign-up sheet with be…

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Broomfield Health and Safety First: More Than 200 Citizen Comments Included in Review that Cites Substantial Concerns

Broomfield Health and Safety First submitted a review of Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan to the City which “highlights the plan’s inaccuracies, errors and gaps, as well as its apparent lack of compliance with Broomfield’s Ballot Question 301.”  Below, please see the news release from Broomfield Health and Safety First, a link to its Facebook page, the cover letter that…

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City Rejects Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan and Concludes Extraction Should Not Submit Permits

In a 1/22 letter to Extraction, the City rejected Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan that Extraction was required to submit in compliance with its Oct. 24 Operator Agreement with the City for Extraction’s proposed 84 well development.  The City also concluded that Extraction should be prohibited from submitting its Form 2 and 2A (drilling) permits to the State (COGCC), until…

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Update on State (COGCC) Permitting for Oil and Gas Development in Broomfield

We are continuing to monitor the oil and gas permitting process at the State (COGCC) in order to ensure that Broomfield residents have the opportunity to express their concerns there.  Upcoming items related to the COGCC include: – Extraction’s Form 2 and 2A permits for wells sited in Broomfield – the January 29 COGCC hearings – new procedures to…

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“New anti-fracking group buds in Lafayette, adding to list of local activists” The Daily Camera

By Amelia Arvesen, The Daily Camera 1/14 This article introduces a variety of citizen groups in the area which are active regarding neighborhood oil and gas development. Groups expressing concern about neighborhood drilling include: -Together Against Neighborhood Drilling (fighting an Extraction/8 North proposal near Pioneer Elementary School) – Boulder County Protectors – East Boulder County United – Our Health,…

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Staff and Citizens Agree that Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan Has Many Deficiencies; Council Will Hold Executive Session on 301

Who could have predicted that the least contentious item during the Jan. 9 City Council meeting would be Item 13b “Update on Oil and Gas Issues?”  After hearing about a dozen critical citizen comments regarding Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) submitted on December 15, Broomfield Special Counsel Tami Yellico stated that the Staff had already noted many of the…

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“Colorado oil-gas regulators delay decisions on rules for pipelines” The Denver Post 1/9

At the Jan. 9 Broomfield City Council meeting, Special Counsel Tami Yellico reported that regional groups would meet with the COGCC staff again next week, as the COGCC delayed its decision on new flowline regulations until Feb. 13.  Along with Ms. Yellico, North Metro Fire District Deputy Chief of Operations Jeff Bybee and Special Consulting Attorney Elizabeth Paranhos presented…

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What’s Ahead for 2018

What’s ahead in 2018 for those of us concerned about oil and gas development in Broomfield? Before looking ahead, please remember to congratulate yourself and each other for what we have already accomplished.  Our achievements have only been successful because of the contributions of everyone in the community.  Our tremendous efforts in 2017 laid an excellent foundation for the…

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Please Attend COGCC Rulemaking on Flowlines on Jan. 8 & 9 and State Your Support for Local Government Input

The COGCC again appears headed down the path of listening to industry and not local governments or citizens.  Please consider attending the COGCC rulemaking on Jan. 8 and 9 to make sure that does not happen. As a result of the Firestone explosion that tragically took two lives, the State (COGCC) has been working on new flowline rules. It will…

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“A Real Problem Here:” No State Money to Protect the Health and Safety of Broomfield Citizens

On Dec. 11 as we once again waited patiently to bring our Broomfield oil and gas development concerns to the attention of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the drone of the usual staff reports began.  However, the conversation quickly elevated to an incredulous tone as Bob Randall, the executive director for the Colorado Department of Natural…

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