Protest 30 Wells on Acme Pad: Attend or Write Council Before Nov. 27 and Submit COGCC Comments by Dec. 5 & 30

What can you do to express your concerns about the fast-moving 30 well development of the Acme Pad?  Please consider taking the action steps listed below on this pad which would greatly impact Anthem Ranch, Anthem Highlands, and Erie residents who live near its location at the corner of Highway 7 and Bonanza Drive.  It was approved by Erie on Nov. 4 in their Operator Agreement with Crestone.

You can find previous concerns expressed by residents listed at the end of this blog.  You can read the details of the plans in the new Amended and Restated Operator Agreement between Erie and Crestone here.

  1. Broomfield and Erie residents can make comments at the Tuesday, Nov. 27 Council Meeting or write Council before Nov. 27 to express their support that Broomfield file a protest with the COGCC on the Acme Pad permits.

Item 13e on the Manager’s Report states, “Staff requests council direction as to whether to file comments regarding these permits and whether to request a hearing, if possible.”  The COGCC would have to make an exception in granting Broomfield the right to protest and the City states that “Broomfield can request intervention to assert that public issues raised by the application reasonably relate to potential significant adverse impacts to public health, safety and welfare, including the environment and wildlife resources, that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction to remedy.”

Public comments at the Nov. 27 Council Meeting would be made towards the end of the meeting during Item 13e of the Manager’s Report.

Email Council at with your concerns before Nov. 27.

You can find the Nov.27 agenda here and further information on Item 13e here.

  1. Submit comments to the COGCC on the Acme Pad permits by December 5 for the Form 2s and December 30 for the Form 2A.

Citizens comments on Form 2s should pertain to downhole issues with drilling of these wells.  Citizen comments related to surface pad location health, safety and nuisance impacts are more pertinent on the Form 2A.

The Form 2 applications for the wellbores show that they are being drilled to the north from the pad near Highway 7 and Bonanza Drive.  Please see the well map here.    

Here are the links:

Form 2A – comments due by December 30:

Form 2s – comments due by December 5:

Suggestions for Writing and Speaking

You can read previous concerns expressed in a petition by Broomfield and Erie residents here.

These areas might be of concern from a Broomfield perspective:

Operator Agreement does not contain adequate BMPs

The Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Operator Agreement do not adequately address the increased concerns for large-scale oil and gas operations in close proximity to densely populated communities. These do not address heavy truck usage during peak hours, restricting the levels of air emissions, preparing and maintaining an emergency preparedness plan including evacuation routes and a system of notification, air quality monitoring and reporting, and the completion of a Risk Mitigation plan including a full risk analysis for the cumulative impact of all wells.

Siting of wells- low lying, setbacks, mines

This megasite is an area where emissions, under certain weather conditions, will be trapped in low-lying areas under temperature inversions, exacerbating the polluting effects of oil and gas processes.

The existing Operator Agreement provided for 1000 ft setbacks for residents. This standard was waived in the new agreement for certain sites, which decreases protections for public health and safety for Erie Residents.

There are shallow mines in the area of the proposed project that were a part of a State funded 2013 subsidence restoration project. The “experts” sited in the Amended Operator plan do not include the Colorado Geological Survey who are the foremost experts on the subsiding shallow mines.

Siting of wells – next to Highway 7, airport 

The location of this proposed well site next to a General Aviation airport, gas station, and along Highway 7 (known for major traffic issues) poses additional threats to the safety of our communities and there needs to be meaningful public engagement. 

The Highway 7 Coalition has a long-term vision to make Highway 7 safer, reduce traffic congestion and introduce more public transportation options as communities served by that road continue to grow.  Since Highway 7 is already over capacity, this coalition must study and provide input on the resultant impacts of the significant increase in volume of large truck traffic related to this project.

Broomfield Denied Public Process 

Broomfield is being directly impacted but is being denied the opportunity to participate in the public process.

In a letter sent to Governor Hickenlooper on July 30 of this year, several elected officials from Broomfield and Erie stated that Governments need to “stand united against these border wars” and “not be swayed by this divisive approach,” also stating that these “[m]ulti-well mega pads do not belong near our homes, schools, and water sources.”

By excluding Broomfield residents from engaging in this process, Erie is creating a new front in the “border wars.” Broomfield residents in the impacted area support Erie businesses and use Erie schools and should not be excluded from this process.

As always, include your own concerns in your statements and emails.