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Broomfield City Council Approves 2000-foot Setbacks for Oil and Gas Operations

On Tuesday, 5/12/2020, Broomfield improved upon the state’s 500-foot setback by voting in a 2,000-foot setback for any future oil and gas operations proposed within the city/ county of Broomfield. According to the Broomfield Enterprise, “The ordinance, which takes effect May 24 , states no oil and gas operation containing a well can be closer than 2,000 feet from the…

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Extraction Moving Forward with United Pad Operations as Soon as May

A statement released by the city of Broomfield today announces that Extraction provided notice of their intent to begin spudding the 16 permitted wells on the United pad. This pad is located south of 160th and west of Huron. Spudding could begin as soon as May 18th, the announcement said. Drilling and fracking operations at other Extraction sites have…

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As Broomfield Board of Health Looks to Critical Vote on Wednesday, Extraction Forges Ahead With Plans to Enter Flowback on Livingston Pad in Coming Days

Extraction Oil and Gas Plans Leave City Without Air Quality Equipment in Place and Lacking Public Health Order Meant to Protect Residents from Flowback Operations During the Covid-19 Epidemic In a lengthy meeting Tuesday night, Broomfield City Council members, acting as Broomfield’s Board of Health (BOH), took to the public phone lines and Channel 8 to express their apologies…

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Court Grants Broomfield’s Motion to Dissolve Extraction’s Temporary Restraining Order and Reaffirms Broomfield is Not Preempted from Taking Action to Protect Residents During COVID-19

Today, District Court Judge Kiesnowki, Jr. dissolved the Temporary Restraining Order granted to Extraction Oil and Gas on Friday, March 27th, citing that it was “improvidently granted” and that it is not “yet ripe for adjudication because the Broomfield Board of Health had not yet enacted an emergency ordinance or public health order.” The Judge also ruled on the…

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Extraction Challenges Broomfield’s Ability to Protect Its Residents During Pandemic

Legal briefs from both Extraction Oil and Gas and the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) are due on Friday, April 3 regarding CCOB Board of Health’s proposed order to protect the health of Broomfield residents living near the Livingston Pad by suspending flowback during the COVID-19 stay at home period ordered by the governor.  On March 27, Extraction…

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Benzene Spike on March 24th, March 25th Emphasizes Residents’ Concern, Anxiety During Pandemic

In a recent post, the City and County of Broomfield reported that there was a “series of anomalous TVOC Indicator activity from 8:40 pm on 3/24 through the morning of 3/25.”   This document cited that the event on 3/25 was a “sustained” event that lasted around 1.5 hours. It is uncertain if this activity was from one single…

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Special Meeting of the Board of Health is still scheduled for tonight, despite Extraction being granted a Temporary Restraining Order against Broomfield.

On Friday, March 27th, Extraction Oil and Gas obtained a Temporary Restraining Order by District Court Judge Robert W. Kiesnowski Jr. The restraining order prohibits Broomfield from “issuing any order directing Extraction to halt or suspend operations due to COVID-19 or other health-related concerns as developed at the Broomfield Board of Health, March 25, 2020, special meeting,” according to…

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Public Health Director Moves to Call Public Health Emergency and Declare an Emergency Order to Pause Extraction’s Flowback Operations During the Height of Covid-19 Crisis in Broomfield

Five City Council Members Vote to Proceed, Five City Members and Mayor Vote to Delay Until Tuesday By Jennifer D, Broomfield Concerned The City and County of Broomfield met as the Broomfield Board of Health on Wednesday evening, March 25, to address the ramifications of the Covid-19 public health emergency and Extraction’s plans for flowback, beginning in April. The…

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Operator Refuses to Modify Plans for Flowback During Respiratory Pandemic

Broomfield Residents, Including Thousands of Seniors, Face Additional Respiratory Burden from Flowback Stage Author: J. Dulles, Broomfield Concerned According to a city document published late Friday evening March 20, Extraction Oil and Gas has declined to make modifications or changes to its upcoming completions phase — and specifically to the flowback stage of operations at the Livingston Pad — despite…

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Take Action: Protect Air Quality During A Respiratory Pandemic

We are living in the midst of a global pandemic present in our state and our communities. This pandemic, COVID-19, results in respiratory illness as well as respiratory distress, including death, at alarmingly high rates. As a result, we ask that all extraction activities known to release harmful VOCs and air pollution, be ceased, without exception, including those operations…

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