Forced Pooling Protest Hearing for Extraction Livingston Pad: Attend on March 12 and Sign Up on March 6 to Speak

Have you thought about joining others to express your concerns about the forced pooling of mineral owners for the Extraction Livingston Pad sited in Broomfield, just prior to an unprecedented hearing at the State Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)?

It will be a first because Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee (WOGc) was granted expanded discovery to consider health, safety, welfare and economic issues.  Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s orders in U.S. District Court were made during the Feb. 12 hearing for WOGc’s motion for a temporary restraining order in the case of WOGc v. COGCC where WOGc claims that forced pooling is unconstitutional.  If WOGc feels that its concerns are not satisfactorily addressed at the March 12 hearing, Judge Jackson set an open return date for March 26 in his courtroom.

Also, according to COGCC Docket Item 190300337 posted on February 15 for the March 11 & 12 hearings, the Extraction Livingston Pad COGCC permits will be reviewed by the COGCC to see “whether the Form 2s and the Form 2A filed by Extraction for development in the lands covered by Order Nos. 407-2256 and 407-2274 comport with the October 24, 2017 Amended and Restated Oil and Gas Operator Agreement between Extraction and the City and County of Broomfield.”  This is also the result of Judge Jackson’s orders in the WOGc case.  At the February 26 Council Meeting, Council voted to go into executive session for “Request for Executive Session for Legal Advice Regarding Matters set for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s March 11-12, 2019 Hearing.”  Please read further details here.

Another item on the March COGCC docket is Broomfield’s request for a Designated Outdoor Activity Area (DOAA) for Broomfield County Commons, Docket Number 180400299.  At the February 26 Council Meeting, Staff stated that they did not yet know whether that hearing would be March 11 or 12.  Please read further details here.

Event:  COGCC Public Comments at Forced Pooling Protest Hearing

Where:  Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center,  Department of Law,  First Floor,  1300 Broadway,  Denver, CO 80203 (2 blocks from COGCC offices)

When:  TENTATIVE:  Tuesday, March 12 at 9 a.m.

According to WOGc, there may still be a change in the scheduling of the hearing.  WOGc requested a three hour hearing but it may be limited to one hour by the hearing officer.  The length of Commissioner questions after the time allotted for the two sides varies.

We will post a link to the agenda here when it is available on or before March 8.

Special Signup Instructions for March 12 Public Comments of 3 Minutes Each

– Signups begin on March 6 at approximately 9 am and end as soon as there are 30 people signed up OR at noon on Friday, March 8, whichever comes first.

– This link will take you to the signup page https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe1tTqRC5emi5rFOQHi4zYMhosLUT_6uYsN0XT2N3NvweDnLA/viewform

– Fill in the signup form with Docket number 181000799.  That is the docket number for the WOGc forced pooling protest for Lowell South (Livingston Pad).  Fill in the date of March 12 on the signup form.  The COGCC states if you want to speak on the forced pooling hearing that it MUST be on March 12 before the hearing.

– You may be allowed to speak at the hearing if you miss the signup opportunity, based on the discretion of the chair.