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Local Group Cites Current Law: Questions City’s Willingness to Uphold Laws and Take Available Legal Measures

Local citizens, in conjunction with Broomfield Clean Air and Water, are asking that City Council: a) Not approve any Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) from Extraction until it is fully compliant with the Broomfield City Charter – including the amendment to Section 2.1 Powers, Rights, and Liabilities; b) Exercise the City’s rights on the Default and Force Majeure clauses given…

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Spotlight on Citizen Comments from CCoB meeting 2/27/2018: Neil Allaire

If you haven’t heard Neil speak clearly about his concerns related to oil and gas development in Broomfield, you haven’t been paying attention. Neil Allaire has lived in Colorado for 40 years and in Broomfield Heights for 15. One reason he chose to live and raise his kids in Colorado is the pristine beauty and healthy environment the state is known for. He feels…

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Council Formally Supports Colorado House Bills on Forced Pooling Changes and Incident Reporting

With unanimous votes, Council agreed to support Colorado House Bill 18-1289 on forced pooling changes for government entities and HB 18-1157, a bill to increase transparency around oil field accidents and injuries.  Mayor Ahrens will testify on behalf of the City for both bills at the House Transportation and Energy Committee on March 14th at 1:30 p.m. The vote…

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What to Do If You Received a Lease Offer for Your Minerals From an Oil and Gas Company or Landman: Two Broadlands Families’ Reactions

by Camia Lowman and Jason Davis Camia: We were served with a lease letter from Extraction on a Wednesday evening while we were trying to get dinner ready for our family. We immediately started texting neighbors to ask them what this was and if they also got one. We had assumed we didn’t own our mineral rights in Broadlands,…

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Add One More Safety Concern Based on Extraction Berthoud Accident

Extraction’s horizontal well drilling near the area of an improperly plugged well caused a spill on October 29 in Berthoud, CO, according to a March 8 article in the Reporter-Herald based on a newly published COGCC accident report last week.  The Extraction well was actually over 3000 feet away from the accident site, where a surprised landowner found chemical-laden…

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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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