This may be your only opportunity to have your voice heard regarding a new 30 well development by Crestone in Erie. It will greatly impact Anthem Ranch and Anthem Highlands residents, along with Erie residents, who live near the corner of Highway 7 and Bonanza Drive. Erie Board of Trustees plans to vote on Tuesday evening on a proposed operator agreement with Crestone which increases the number of wells on the Acme Pad from 16 to 30 wells and does not require all appropriate best management practices.
You can read the details of the plans in the new Amended and Restated Operator Agreement between Erie and Crestone here. It was just released by Erie less than a week ago.
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/delay-the-vote-on-the-operator-agreement-and-allow-residents-involvement?source=email&
2) Send your comments to email@example.com before Tuesday. See suggestions below that might be of concern from a Broomfield perspective.
3) Attend the Erie Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Board Room, 645 Holbrook Street. Broomfield residents are encouraged to attend.
4) Speak at the Erie Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm in the Town Hall Board Room, 645 Holbrook Street. You will have 3 minutes to speak.
Suggestions for Writing and Speaking
Erie regulations have a prohibition against mentioning what are deemed “quasi-judicial procedures” by Erie. Therefore, do not say Acme Pad unless you are comfortable getting interrupted and told not to say Acme. Refer to “any pads near Anthem” or “the Crestone operator agreement.”
Similarly, you should not write “Acme Pad” in an email since Erie might block it. Refer to “any pads near Anthem” or “the Crestone operator agreement.”
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.
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.