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Open Legal and Procedural Questions As Drilling Goes Forward on Livingston

Residents continue to ask why spudding began on June 3 on the Extraction Livingston Pad when there are legal and procedural matters which are open-ended.  These resident questions are added to unresolved issues related to complaints about the health impacts of odor from the Interchange Pad and truck traffic violations near the Livingston Pad.  (Spudding is the initial step…

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Environmental and Neighborhood Groups Lead Participation in 500 Series Rulemaking

Rulemaking has begun after the passage of SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations with environmental and neighborhood groups leading participation on 500 Series Rulemaking.  This is the first of a handful of rulemakings at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) over a two-year period to implement SB19-181 after Gov. Polis signed it into law on…

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Temporary Moratorium Passes as Council Continues Questions on Current Extraction Projects

At the Tuesday, May 28 Council Meeting, Council unanimously passed the second reading of Ordinance No. 2091, “a moratorium on processing new and pending applications for use by special reviews or operator agreements for oil and gas developments to allow Broomfield to amend its oil and gas regulations to account for new regulatory authority granted to local governments by…

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WOGc State Court Case Dismissed But Federal Case and COGCC Protests Continue

In the Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee (WOGc) case in State Court, Judge Whitney upheld the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s motion to dismiss the case and WOGc stated  that they will not be appealing this decision. The premise of the WOGc health and safety lawsuit was that the COGCC failed to take into account health, safety, environment,…

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COGCC Will Not Pause Permits But Will Give Them “Greater Scrutiny”

Stating that a ban is contrary to the intent of SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Director Jeff Robbins made it clear at the COGCC’s May 21 meeting that the COGCC will continue to process permits while engaging in rulemaking.  He said that the COGCC will give permits “greater scrutiny”…

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First Quarter Report of Air Quality Monitoring Program Yields Baselines and Questions about Frequency

By Becky McLeod At a very full May 14 Study Session, Broomfield’s City Council heard their first quarterly baseline report from Ajax Analytics representative Brent Buck and Dr. Arsineh Hecobian from Colorado State University.  This first air quality monitoring program presentation was the result of the City’s August 2018 contract with Ajax at a cost of $1.1 million dollars…

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Will Sheridan and Lowell Be a Safe Intersection Due to Extraction Construction Over the Next Several Weeks?

At the May 14 Study Session, questions from residents and Council Members to Staff continued about increased traffic risks due to two upcoming Extraction construction projects at the intersection of Sheridan and Lowell.  After the City originally approved Extraction going forward simultaneously with both sound wall construction on the Livingston Pad and repair of Sheridan Boulevard caused on November…

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