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Please Submit Safety Concerns to State COGCC on Drilling Permits By April 1

Broomfield, thank you for coming through in submitting your concerns to the State (COGCC) for the Livingston and Interchange Pads, and for the first batch of 18 drilling permits (officially known as applications for permit to drill or APDs).  Each of the 84 wells that Extraction plans to drill in Broomfield will require a drilling permit.  There is now…

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Broomfield’s March 7 Letter to Extraction on the Comprehensive Drilling Plan

In a 3/7/18 letter to Extraction Oil and Gas titled “Broomfield’s Response to Extraction’s January 22, 2018, letter regarding the Comprehensive Drilling Plan,” the City states that it can’t approve the Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) until Extraction addresses 40 pages of comments from the following divisions:  Planning, Engineering, Open Space and Trails, Traffic, Health, and Emergency. Included in Exhibit…

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Lafayette Community Forum: CELDF Maps Out the Bold Path Forward

This Monday night, March 5th, members of the Lafayette Council and Lafayette Mayor, Christine Berg, met with Tom Linzey, Senior Counsel of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) in a special community forum held in the Lafayette Public Library to discuss the possibility of enforcing Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights as a ban on fracking and extraction of…

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Invitation for Conversation: Oil & Gas with the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem March 16 5:15 pm

Ever feel like you are making Citizen Comments to a brick wall at Council meetings since no Council member can directly respond to you?  Frustrated that you write to Council members but don’t receive a reply?  This is your chance to have your concerns heard and directly hear their responses, in a conversational format which will hopefully provide everyone…

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Thank You for Citizen Comments on COGCC Permits; Additional Permits Posted on March 2

A tremendous thank you to all the Broomfield and Adams County residents who posted comments on the Livingston and Interchange Pad COGCC drilling permits before the March 1 deadline.  There is no indication that there was a change in their COGCC status on March 2, as could have been possible for the Livingston Pad. Given all of the difficulties…

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The Colorado Gas Wars: Where Things Fall Apart, for There is No Center

This in-depth article covers the current state of oil and gas regulations in Colorado amid the abundance of oil and gas site accidents.  Please follow this link to the article.  https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/02/the-colorado-gas-wars-where-things-fall-apart-for-there-is-no-center/ About the author: Phil Doe has been fighting for Colorado’s water for most of his adult life. He served as Bureau Chief and Environmental Compliance Officer for the…

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Crestone Files for New Oil and Gas Development with City; Additional Updates From Feb. 27 Council Meeting

Considering it was a Council meeting with no oil and gas items formally listed on the agenda, there was a lot of oil and gas news at the Feb. 27 Council Meeting.   The relevant news occurred during the Attorney’s Report, Manager’s Report and Citizen Comments.  Here is a summary of 11 oil and gas items: 1) Extraction filed a…

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City Will Hire Special Counsel for Questions About Confidentiality in Executive Sessions; Citizens Comment on Lack of Teamwork

During the Attorney’s Report at the Feb. 27 Council Meeting, Interim CCOB Attorney Pat Gilbert asked for consent from Council to hire special counsel to review the Feb. 20 Executive Session.  This special counsel will provide a legal opinion to Council on what parts of the Feb. 20 Executive Session and other Executive Sessions in general must be kept…

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City Comments Submitted to the COGCC on the Livingston and Interchange Pads

In conjunction with the deadline for submission of comments to the COGCC on March 1 at 11 am, the City has posted its submitted comments on the City’s Oil and Gas Webpage.  The 5 page comment document focuses on the fact that Broomfield has not approved Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan that is required of Extraction by the Oct. 24…

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Extraction Report on Dec. 22 Windsor Accident Has No Cause: So Will The Same Fire Happen In Broomfield?

“They have no idea what happened,” said Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens after having read the accident report on the Stromberger Well Pad in the Weld County Windsor area.  Jeff Rickard of Regulatory Compliance Company filed the required report on behalf of Extraction on Feb. 23 with the COGCC for the fire during flowback operations on Dec. 22.  The…

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