In 2019, many grassroots organizations will continue their vigorous challenges of large-scale hydraulic fracturing in Broomfield and other residential communities. Interested in helping, but not sure how? Please donate to one of the groups working on oil and gas issues that need your financial support. Some groups are involved in education, some are working on legislative change and others are pursing lawsuits.
Please read the following short descriptions of some of these groups and decide where you would like to help. Your tax deductible support would be greatly appreciated.
WOGc Health and Safety Lawsuit
Plaintiff: Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee (WOGc)
Defendant: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Committee (COGCC)
Date Served: 7/6/18
Status of Lawsuit: In the hands of the Denver County District Court Judge after WOGc responded to the motion to dismiss by the COGCC.
Summary: WOGc filed a lawsuit against the COGCC for failing to take into account health, safety, environment and economic issues in permitting the Extraction pads in Broomfield. WOGc is also protesting the forced pooling order application of Extraction against WOGc’s members who are mineral owners in the Lowell South spacing unit of the Livingston Pad. That hearing will likely take place on Jan. 28 & 29. Success in either of these two challenges by WOGc could lead to a review of the COGCC permits for the entire Extraction project and an injunction to halt work on it.
To Donate: Funds raised by Affected Coloradans Together (ACT) support WOGc’s efforts to challenge the Extraction project in Broomfield. Checks can be made out to Affected Coloradans Together and mailed to:
5023 W. 120th Avenue #336
Broomfield, CO 80020
For further background information in Broomfield Concerned News Blogs: http://broomfieldconcerned.org/news-releases/cogcc-hearing-dec-17-18-extraction-livingston-pad-forced-pooling-hearing-continued-and-school-setback-rulemaking and http://broomfieldconcerned.org/news-releases/wildgrass-oil-and-gas-committee-continues-to-challenge-extraction-project/
Resident Rights Lawsuit
Plaintiffs: Residents Rights and WildEarth Guardians
Defendants: City and County of Broomfield (CCOB) and Broomfield City Manager Charles Ozaki
Interested Party: Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc.
Date Served: 10/23/18
Status of Lawsuit: In the hands of the Broomfield County District Court Judge after Resident Rights and WildEarth Guardians responded to the motion to dismiss by CCOB and Extraction Oil and Gas.
Summary: Impacted residents of Resident Rights joined with the national organization of WildEarth Guardians to file a lawsuit to challenge the City’s approval of Extraction’s Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) by Broomfield City Manager Charles Ozaki. They state that the CDP did not comply with the requirements of the Operator Agreement or City Charter. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the CDP is null and void and an injunction to halt work on the Extraction Project.
To Donate: Go to https://www.residentsrights.org/donate to make a tax deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) non-profit. To donate by check, contact Residents Rights through their website.
To read a Citizen Blog representing the opinion of Cristen Logan on this lawsuit: http://broomfieldconcerned.org/community-blog/rights-of-residents-denied-by-actions-of-broomfield-in-lawsuit-citizen-blog-by-cristen-logan/
Erie Thriving Lawsuit
Plaintiff: Erie Thriving, a subsidiary of Resident Rights
Defendants: Town of Erie, the Mayor and Trustees for the Town Of Erie
Interested Party: Crestone Peak Resources
Date Served: 12/23/18
Status of Lawsuit: Filed in Colorado District Court in Boulder County and the Town of Erie has 30 days to respond.
Summary: Erie Thriving filed a lawsuit against the Town of Erie, the Mayor and Trustees for the Town Of Erie demanding protections for public health and safety after the Town of Erie approved an Operator Agreement with Crestone Peak Resources to drill the 30 well Acme Pad, at the corner of Highway 7 and Bonanza Drive. The Operator Agreement allows oil and gas drilling little more than 500 feet from homes, and next to the flight path of an airport, gas station, and several highly populated communities in both Erie and Broomfield. The suit also includes allegations of due process violations in the process of approving the Operator Agreement. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief to prevent Crestone from drilling in order to protect members’ property rights, health, safety and welfare.
To Donate: Go to https://www.residentsrights.org/donate-to-erie-thriving to make a tax deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) non-profit. Make sure to enter C/O Erie Thriving in the address field. To donate by check, go to the above webpage to contact Residents Rights through their website.
For further background information in Broomfield Concerned News Blogs: http://broomfieldconcerned.org/news-releases/erie-thriving-files-lawsuit-against-the-town-of-erie/
League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans (LOGIC) – Legislative Change
Launched: January 2016
Mission: “Our mission is to unite Coloradans living near current and proposed oil and gas operations and other concerned citizens to pass new energy development policies that prioritize public health and safety and environmental protection.”
“LOGIC brings together impacted Coloradans, local groups and communities to support statewide oil and gas reform. We provide assistance to impacted Coloradans, existing organizations and new community groups as they develop.”
To Donate: LOGIC needs funds to make changes at the State level. Go to http://www.coloradologic.org/ and click on “Contribute.” Checks can be made out to LOGIC and sent to LOGIC, PO Box 452 Erie, CO 80516.
For further background information on LOGIC’s legislative efforts in Broomfield Concerned News Blogs: http://broomfieldconcerned.org/news-releases/take-your-seat-at-the-table-citizens-scientists-and-policymakers-plan-for-2019-at-the-logic-summit/
Broomfield Concerned: A Coalition of Neighborhoods – Education
Launched: June 2017
Mission: Broomfield Concerned is a coalition of neighborhoods concerned about large-scale oil and gas development and hydraulic fracturing in residential communities.
Its goals include:
- Educating and creating awareness about Broomfield oil and gas development, including status of proposed development, accidents, and enforcement issues.
- Bringing Broomfield neighborhoods together in a cooperative atmosphere.
- Sharing what is learned and collaborating with communities outside of Broomfield, which have recently included Erie, Superior, Commerce City and Heatherwood in Boulder County.
To Donate: All Broomfield Concerned leaders and blog writers are volunteers but Broomfield Concerned needs funds to maintain its website, its newsletter and other ways it keeps residents informed. Go to http://broomfieldconcerned.org/ and click on “Donate Now.” Checks can be made out to LOGIC with BCCN in the memo line and sent to LOGIC, PO Box 452 Erie, CO 80516.