Way to go, Broomfield! Yes, Broomfield, be proud that things may be moving in a positive direction after the Nov. 7 local elections! And thank you for your tremendous turnout at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) hearings on Oct. 30 and 31 to express your concerns related to the Extraction Spacing Unit Applications.
However, we still need to be persistent in encouraging the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to make major regulatory and administrative changes related to oversight of residential drilling to protect our health and safety. So please again consider making citizen comments at the COGCC hearings on Monday, Dec. 11 in Denver. Please see the details below.
WHY SHOULD YOU COME?
Although we realize it represents a big effort to attend, these are the reasons that you should consider attending:
- We need to show the COGCC that Broomfielders are concerned about what is happening in Erie oil and gas development, as our neighbors suffer due to personal health issues, the lack of proper notice related to oil and gas accidents, and an industry lawsuit over a city ordinance.
- We need to show the COGCC that there is large citizen interest in having COGCC rulemaking to update their antiquated regulations, beyond just flowline rulemaking scheduled for January 8 and 9.
- We need to ask the COGCC to put health and safety first, and require protection measures from Extraction that the City was unable to do. Here are some ideas from comments at a City Council meeting.
WHEN SHOULD YOU COME?
Please come at 9 a.m. (but no later than 10 a.m.) if you want to speak. You should be allowed 2 to 3 minutes to speak. Signups for 10 am comments will begin sometime after 9 am. Look for a signup sheet held by a COGCC administrator on a clipboard as soon as you arrive.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
COGCC Main Office: 1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 801 Denver, CO 80203 Phone: 303-894-2100 / Fax: 303-894-2109
Hearings are on the eighth floor. Check in at Suite 801.
We encourage people to carpool. Parking is available in the Chancery Building where the hearings are being held at 1120 Lincoln Street.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?
Be aware that the State may make you wait in the hall and come into the hearing room in small groups to speak. You may also have to pass through a metal detector.
IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT DOWNTOWN BUT WANT TO WATCH THE LIVE PROCEEDINGS:
Videos of the proceedings will be found here.
IF YOU WANT TO WRITE THE COGCC:
Call (303) 894-2100 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
A map of proposed Extraction well pad locations is available here.
The COGCC agenda can be found here when it is available (likely to be around Wed, Dec. 6).
The entire docket with detailed descriptions of the spacing units can be found here.