Bring a Friend and Voice your Concerns at Two Key Upcoming Community Meetings!

Mark your calendar and grab a friend or neighbor! These two important meetings need your attention . . . and your attendance!

Broomfield City and County Council Meeting

October 10, 2017

6 pm, Meetings are open to the public and are held at The George Di Ciero City and County Building, 1 DesCombes Drive.

Our understanding, based on what we’ve heard from City and Council of Broomfield (CCOB) staff, is that during the Oct 10th City Council meeting, the council will be discussing the amended Extraction proposal. The City Council is currently in negotiations with Extraction regarding this MOU (Memorandum of Understanding). Check out the updated proposal here.) We anticipate that the public will have an opportunity to comment on the MOU proposal at this meeting. Check out the agenda here.

We encourage you to come to this meeting and speak about your concerns during citizen comments. If you do not wish to speak, please attend, bring some friends and neighbors, and show your continued concern about the residential oil and gas development in our community. You, your friends, and your neighbors can also submit comments about your concerns for the MOU to the city council at council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org.

 

COGCC Public Forum

October 12, 2017

6 pm, George Di Ciero City and County Building, 1 DesCombes Drive

The COGCC (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) agreed in September to grant a public forum to citizens of Broomfield. The COGCC 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. (Their) agency seeks to serve, solicit participation from, and maintain working relationships with all those having an interest in Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources.” In order for oil and gas operators (like Extraction) to develop oil and gas resources in Colorado, they must apply to the COGCC for permission. Because the city and county of Broomfield (as well as other community groups) requested a public meeting following Extraction’s filing of the spacing unit applications, we have been granted a public forum with representatives from COGCC. The CCOB also filed Spacing Unit protests against these applications.

The COGCC Public Forum will focus on public opinion of the proposed spacing applications by Extraction Oil and Gas in Broomfield. Details on the forum can be found on the Broomfield City and County website, but highlights include the use of a moderator for the forum, a formal presentation by representatives from CCOB to open the forum, and the call to residents to provide comments about the proposed applications.

Community participation is essential! Please come to participate either as a spectator or a speaker. Here’s what you need to know, depending on your involvement:

As a speaker:

  • Sign-ups start at 5:15 for public comments, so arriving early and getting on the list is imperative. Comments will be limited on a time-permitted basis.
  • Make it clear that you are a resident! Residents are privileged over non-residents, and most proponents of this project don’t even live in Broomfield. This is a chance for the real faces and voices of Broomfield to be heard.
  • Speakers are limited to 3 minutes each. Unless you are an experienced public speaker, a best practice for speaking at a community meeting is to draft an organized, clear speech or detailed notes to read to the representatives. Focusing on specific concerns that impact our community will resonate most with the representatives. Some concerns you might focus on include the immense scope of the project; the close proximity to schools, water sources, and homes; the traffic and noise impacts; the proven health impacts; the impacts to home values; the divide this project has introduced into our community; the experimental nature of this project; the lack of state-level safeguards for citizens; the antiquated nature of state-level regulations; and many others.
  • Be sure to indicate what action you want the State of Colorado to take. Because the COGCC is a state regulatory group, you could use this opportunity to advocate change on a state level. You might consider, for example, asking the state to adopt all of the recommendations from the Update Committee that are in their jurisdiction, and to move quickly since the number of proposals for oil and gas development near residential areas is exploding throughout Colorado. You may consider asking the COGCC to make it clear what regulatory changes are in their jurisdiction as opposed to what is in the law-makers’ jurisdiction.
  • Please do not disrupt the forum while others are speaking. If there is too much disruption, the forum can be ended at the discretion of the COGCC Commission members, Council, and/or staff. A shortened meeting will mean that our messages will not have a chance to come through to the COGCC representatives.

As an observer:

  • Just because you don’t speak at the forum doesn’t mean you can’t have a voice.  Written comments may be submitted to the COGCC (1120 Lincoln St, Su 801, Denver CO  80203).
  • Bring some friends and some neighbors! If this is an issue you are concerned about, the more of us who show our faces to the COGCC, the better, even if we are attentively listening to others speak!
  • The forum will be open to the public, will be broadcast on Channel 8, and live streamed. If you absolutely cannot attend in person, you can watch from home with your friends and neighbors.
  • Please do not disrupt the forum while others are speaking. If there is too much disruption, the forum can be ended at the discretion of the COGCC Commission members, Council, and/or staff. A shortened meeting will mean that our messages will not have a chance to come through to the COGCC representatives.

Please come and voice your community concerns!