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“Judge rules part of Thornton’s oil and gas regs violates state, federal law” Denver Business Journal

By Cathy Proctor, Denver Business Journal 4/25 The article covers yesterday’s ruling by an Adams County District Judge that Thorton’s 750-foot setback and gathering line regulations violate state and federal law. It should be noted that Thorton has not passed anything similar to Broomfield Charter Amendment 301. With the passage of 301 on Nov. 7 by 57% in favor,…

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Broomfield 301 Presents Petition with 566 Signatures and COGA Sends Email To The City: Impact Unknown As First Vote on Oil and Gas Regulations Moved to May 8

At the beginning of the April 24 meeting, Council voted unanimously to postpone the first reading of the Oil and Gas Regulations until the May 8 Council Meeting.  Item 11f Ordinance No. 2067 Amending Certain Sections of the Broomfield Municipal Code Concerning Broomfield Oil and Gas Regulations – First Reading had been the subject of much citizen criticism up…

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Sign a Petition and Attend Council on April 24: Ask the City to Put Health and Safety First in the Critical Oil and Gas Regulations and CDP

Are you one of many Broomfield residents who still have health and safety concerns about the City’s proposed oil and gas regulations and Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) for their 84 well development?  Here are two ways to take action by Tuesday, April 24: 1) Sign a petition by Tuesday at 4 p.m.  It is sponsored by Broomfield 301…

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Sen. Marble Votes Against Council and Her Constituents Who Supported Increased Reporting of Oil and Gas Incidents

On April 19, Sen. Marble (R-District 23) voted against HB 18-1157 Increased Reporting of Oil and Gas Incidents, killing the bill with a 5-6 vote in the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Committee.  Broomfield City Council had voted unanimously on March 13 to support the bill and it had passed the House.  Mayor Ahrens testified on behalf of…

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“The Strategy” of the Regulations Discussed at the April 17 Study Session

At the April 17 Study Session, the Staff reviewed the 170-page revised version of the draft regulations which had been published four days previously.  Special Counsel Elizabeth Paranhos stated that the guiding principle in drafting the regulations was to make sure that they were within the bounds of the authority of local government as established by case law since…

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Property Value Study Proposal Raises Many Questions From Council

In reviewing an initial proposal for a property value study on the impact of oil and gas development, the costs of such a study and “unintended consequences” were prominent concerns expressed at the April 17 Study Session by Council Members.  Those expressing these reservations did not live in proximity to the proposed Extraction or Crestone developments, so residents in…

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Sustainability and Renewable Energy Plans in Broomfield: A Presentation by Council Member Tessier for Anthem Ranch Oil and Gas Education Group

In the midst of the City’s and residents’ concerns about residential oil and gas development in Broomfield, it may literally come as a breath of fresh air to learn what the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) is doing to promote sustainability and renewable energy.  Council Member Sharon Tessier (Ward 2) shared her enthusiasm and knowledge in these areas…

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Long-Awaited Forced Pooling Legislation: Senator Marble’s Bill Gives “Sweetheart Deal” to Industry and Rep. Gray’s Bill Is In Draft Form

On Wednesday, April 11, SB 18-230 Modify Laws Drilling Units Pooling Orders was heard in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy, as sponsored by Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Broomfield/Weld) and Rep. Lori Saine (R- Weld).  Attorney Matt Sura, who represents many Broomfield mineral owners regarding the Extraction projects, distributed handouts estimating that the average Broomfield constituent of…

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