Residents of Broomfield and Erie, you need to speak loudly again if you are concerned about the proposed 30 well development at the Acme Pad! It would greatly impact Anthem Ranch, Anthem Highlands, and Erie residents who live near the corner of Highway 7 and Bonanza Drive. The Erie Board of Trustees has called a special Sunday, Nov 4 meeting at 2 pm to revote on a new Operator Agreement that has only minor revisions and does not require all appropriate best management practices. The first version of the Amended and Restated Operator Agreement between Crestone and Erie was rejected on Tuesday, Oct. 30 by a vote of 3-4. Thanks to the 600+ Erie and Broomfield residents who signed the first petition and attended last Tuesday’s meeting, as your voices made a difference in that vote to reject it.
You can read the details of the plans in the Nov. 2 version of the Amended and Restated Operator Agreement between Erie and Crestone here. It was just released by Erie yesterday.
Here are 4 things you can do:
1) Sign the petition here if you are either a Broomfield or Erie resident: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/take-two-delay-the-vote-on-the-operating-agreement
2) Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday. See suggestions below that might be of concern from a Broomfield perspective.
3) Attend the Erie Board of Trustees Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 pm in the Town Hall Board Room, 645 Holbrook Street. Broomfield residents are encouraged to attend. The meeting will have a “Crestone Peak Operator Agreement Presentation,” Q&A with citizens, and “A Resolution Of The Board Of Trustees Of The Town Of Erie Approving An Amended And Restated Operator Agreement With Crestone Peak Resources LLC.”
4) Speak at the Erie Board of Trustees Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 pm in the Town Hall Board Room, 645 Holbrook Street. The agenda constraints are such that you will have to rephrase any statement as a question during Q & A. Your presence is important!
Suggestions for Writing and Speaking
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.
Hundreds of letters from Broomfield residents have been sent regarding this matter, along with a request from Broomfield Leadership to become a party of interest in this megapad project to which no response has been received.
The City of Broomfield sent a letter to the Town of Erie Community Development Department dated July 17, 2018. To date, the City of Broomfield has not received a response to these questions.
Delay the Vote
The State Election occurring in one week has major implications regarding the future laws that pertain to oil and gas development. We ask that our right to vote be respected and that the Erie Board of Trustees pause from issuing any new permits until after this important election.
Accordingly, we respectfully request that the vote on the renegotiation of the Crestone Operator Agreement be delayed until all interested parties have had opportunity and adequate time to review all relevant information and to subsequently offer input.
As always, include your own concerns in your statements and emails.