As a result of your efforts in contacting Broomfield City Council to ask them to request a COGCC hearing on the Acme Pad in Erie, the City is now moving forward with this request. Please continue to express your concerns about this fast-moving 30 well development by commenting on the COGCC permits before Dec. 5 & 30. This pad would greatly impact Anthem Ranch, Anthem Highlands, and Erie residents who live near its location at the corner of Highway 7 and Bonanza Drive. Parents of children who attend Prospect Ridge and Thunder Vista should also be concerned. 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.
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.