Request from the Broomfield Health and Safety First Initiative Committee
The following statement is from the Broomfield Health and Safety First Initiative Committee:
There is a petition circulating in Broomfield that proposes to add new language to the Broomfield City Charter which would give additional powers to our City Council to promote and protect our health and welfare when making decisions about oil and gas projects. It would also give the City power to enforce those actions necessary to provide that protection through issuing fines or closing down a business that violates this initiative. After we collect 3500 signatures the initiative goes on the November ballot for a vote. We are concerned citizens canvassing Broomfield neighborhoods to collect signatures and will continue to do so. This petition has nothing to do with recall petition and is completely nonpartisan. It will only serve to help protect you and your neighbors. If you have not signed the petition and would like to, please contact Judy Kelly at 313-702-1089. If you have any questions, please contact Ron Segal at 310-594-2476. This is a very important initiative. We need your help so please respond quickly.
Below is the language of the proposed City Charter amendment:
With regard to oil and gas development near the City’s populated areas and within the City’s boundaries, such powers shall include but not be limited to plenary authority to regulate all aspects of oil and gas development, including land use and all necessary police powers. As such, Broomfield shall condition oil and gas development permits to require oil and gas development to only occur in a manner that does not adversely impact the health, safety, and welfare of Broomfield’s residents in their workplaces, their homes, their schools, and public parks in order to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare and to safeguard the environment and wildlife resources.