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City Council Meeting Provides Updates on Court Cases

Burrowing Owl Habitat and Noise Citation Cases Included in Attorney’s Update During the June 9 Broomfield City Council Meeting, City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Attorney Sullivan provided an update on outstanding court cases involving CCOB citations against Extraction Oil and Gas.   Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 10, Extraction is finally expected to enter a plea in Municipal Court on…

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Air Monitoring System Detects Elevated Benzene Levels on 5/25/2020 Likely Associated with Oil and Gas Activity

A “trigger canister” event on 5/25/2020 has yielded some concerning data about the Benzene levels measured in the resulting report. The report concludes that “The Apis systems at Livingston 02 & 03 (see map here) triggered canister samples at 4:12 & 4:15 a.m. on 5/25/20. The higher of the two 1-hour benzene estimates was 8.8 ppb, very near the…

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Extraction to Begin Spudding on United Pad on May 20 Despite Financial Decline

Extraction will begin spudding 16 wells on the United Pad on May 20 at 160th and Huron, according to a May 18 announcement from the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB).  In the month since CCOB received Extraction’s required 30-day spudding notice on April 17, Extraction has “hired strategic advisors” and skipped a $14.8 million payment on some senior…

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Pandemic Causes Delay in Further Testing of Methane Leak in Anthem Highlands

Scheduled methane leak testing of the Davis 43-6 plugged and abandoned well under Graham Peak Way in Anthem Highlands has been delayed due to the pandemic.  This came to light when Council Member Jean Lim began asking City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Staff about the testing following high TVOC (total volatile organic compound) readings at Thunder Vista and…

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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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