Please sign the following petition to ask the City not to allow our health and safety to be steamrolled by Extraction and the State (COGCC)! Many Broomfield residents are very concerned that Extraction has submitted its Form 2 and Form 2A drilling permits to the COGCC and that the COGCC has deemed them complete for further processing. The permits are set to move forward, despite the objections of the City to Extraction’s Drilling Plan and an incomplete investigation into the Extraction site explosion in Windsor.
You can sign the petition here by Tuesday, Feb. 13 at noon. The text follows.
To the City and County of Broomfield,
We, the residents of Broomfield, are actively engaged and have expressed significant health and safety concerns regarding oil and gas development in our community. As such, we have been actively pursuing measures that would better protect Broomfield residents including:
- Engagement with the Broomfield City Council through hundreds (if not thousands) of email communications, attending Council Meetings (with hundreds showing up), and speaking about health and safety concerns during Citizens’ Comments.
- Active participation in the Comprehensive Planning Process while requesting the fulfillment of Resolution 2017-29 before any oil and gas development is approved.
- Passing Ballot Measure 301 by a large majority which amended the Broomfield City Charter to require Broomfield to “condition oil and gas development permits to require oil and gas development to only occur in a manner that does not adversely impact the health, safety, and welfare of Broomfield’s residents.”
This past week, residents of Broomfield and the 301 Committee submitted comments to the City about the Drilling Plan (DP) submitted by Extraction Oil & Gas (Extraction). We appreciate that the City attached these comments to their letter submitted 01/22/2018 in reply to Extraction’s DP. The 301 committee also requested a full investigation into the 12/22/2017 explosion that occurred at Extraction’s site in Windsor prior to moving ahead with approving this drilling plan. Based on Extraction’s response to the City in the letter from Eric Jacobsen dated 01/23/2018, it appears that Extraction is moving forward despite credible concerns. We find the CDP lacking detail, and it should be amended to fully address the community’s concerns, including changes which will likely be needed after the investigation of the Extraction site explosion in Windsor is complete.
We, the undersigned, request that the City of Broomfield uphold Charter Amendment 301 and only permit oil and gas development that does not adversely impact the health, safety, and welfare of Broomfield’s residents. As such, we request that Broomfield take the following actions immediately:
- We request that the City notify Extraction that the concerns included in the City’s 140-page attachment need to be addressed, and a full investigation regarding Extraction’s explosion in Windsor must be completed, before moving forward. It is important to note, the residents of Broomfield are NOT “third parties”, but rather the very constituents the City of Broomfield is REQUIRED to protect.
- In the letter from Extraction, Eric Jacobsen states that they submitted their Form 2s and 2As to the COGCC on January 16, 2018. We request that the City reply to Extraction, reiterating that the DP submitted by Extraction on Dec 15, 2017 is not approved by the City. Extraction should abide by the contract and voluntarily withdraw their 2 and 2A permit applications until they have an approved plan by the City.
- We also request that the City of Broomfield remind the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) that it is “charged with fostering the responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources in a manner consistent with the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including the environment and wildlife resources.” Should Extraction not withdraw these applications, the City should ask that the COGCC deny issuing permits based on Extraction’s submission of an unapproved Drilling Plan that does not meet the above standards of protecting public health, safety, and welfare, including the environment and wildlife resources.
As your constituents, we appreciate your efforts to ensure that the health and safety of the residents of Broomfield are the City’s highest priority. We respectfully request that all of the above conditions are met, as it is the duty of the City to uphold the City Charter that requires that oil and gas development only be allowed to occur “in a manner that does not adversely impact the health, safety, and welfare of Broomfield’s residents and to safeguard the environment and wildlife resources.”
Please click here to sign the petition by Tuesday, Feb. 13 at noon.