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“Statutes Trump Rules:” Wildgrass Challenges Extraction Spacing Unit as Test of 181

“Statutes trump rules,” stated Hearing Officer James Rouse in a July 22 prehearing at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) regarding the protest of Wildgrass residents, Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee (WOGc) and Boulder County regarding Extraction’s proposed new spacing unit off of the Livingston Pad.  In addressing Extraction, Hearing Officer Rouse was referring to the new…

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First Reading of Open Space Charter Amendment for Ballot Fails with Possibility of a Later Vote

Ordinance 2095 to put a charter amendment on the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Nov. 5 ballot to prevent extraction of minerals from open space failed on first reading, but the circumstances left open the possibility of the ordinance being brought up for another vote at a later date.  Currently, Charter Section 18.3(b)(3)(B) has a “carve out” to…

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Odor and Noise Problems At Livingston Pad and Emissions Continue at Interchange B Pad

At the Livingston Pad where the drilling of 16 permitted wells is at the beginning of a drilling period slated to go through November, residents in Wildgrass reported problems with both odor and noise. On Saturday morning, residents filed complaints about a burning chemical smell that caused a slight sting to the nose and throat. Residents reported it to…

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No Official Update on Extraction Response to Demand Letter as Black Smoke Continues at Interchange B Pad

There has been no official update from the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) to the demand letter sent by CCOB Manager Charles Ozaki to Extraction on July 15.  The letter stated that Extraction is in breach of contract since it has refused to agree to use Tier 4 engines as required by the Operator Agreement. The letter demanded…

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Council Gives Nod to Six Month Update Process for Revising Regulations in Small Chunks with Citizen Input

At the July 16 City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Study Session, Council was unanimous in deciding to take roughly six months for a process involving review of small chunks of the revised oil and gas regulations in light of SB19-181, with several opportunities for citizen input along the way.  All Council Members expressed the need to have a…

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First Study Session on Revised Regulations Tonight: Broomfield Health and Safety First Sends Input

Tonight’s City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) Study Session beginning at 6 pm includes Item 3 as a first look at the Staff’s draft of the Oil and Gas regulations, revised in light of the passage of SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations.  You can read the Staff draft here, which the Staff introduction states is a…

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Broomfield Notifies Extraction of Potential Breach of Contract After Extraction Begins Fracking at the Interchange B Pad without Required Tier 4 Engines

In an email with an attached demand letter sent by Broomfield City and County Manager Charles Ozaki to Eric Jacobsen of Extraction at 12:21 pm on July 15, the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) notified Extraction that they are in potential breach of the Operator Agreement. The letter states that Extraction has refused to agree to use Tier…

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Fracking on Interchange B Delayed Pending Monday Discussion of Required Usage of Tier 4 Engines

In a Sunday, July 14 Oil and Gas webpage announcement, the City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) stated that “Extraction will not be starting completions on the Interchange B Pad on July 14, as planned. City and County of Broomfield staff will be meeting with Extraction staff on Monday, July 15 to discuss more details on Tier 2 and…

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Drilling Has Restarted on the Livingston Pad

Drilling restarted on the Livingston Pad on Thursday afternoon, July 11 using the new mud Neoflo 4633.  After the drilling of the first well, drilling was halted on July 10 in response to many odor complaints from residents and intervention by the COGCC as a result of communication with the COGCC by community leaders. The City and County of Broomfield…

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