Broomfield Clean Air & Water

Broomfield Clean Air & Water Our Mission: To protect the citizens of Broomfield from adverse health, safety, and environmental impacts of oil and gas exploration and drilling within residential communities.

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Extraction Oil and Gas makes the news again! This story breaks as Extraction is setting up to resume drilling in Broomfi...
08/11/2021
Extraction Oil & Gas pays $462,000+ after removing minerals from public land

Extraction Oil and Gas makes the news again! This story breaks as Extraction is setting up to resume drilling in Broomfield. Sound walls are going up.

“Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. has agreed today to pay or $462,000 to resolve allegations that the company drilled and operated three different oil and gas wells in Weld County, Colorado that removed minerals from federally-owned public lands without permission.”

https://www.fox21news.com/news/extraction-oil-gas-pays-462000-after-removing-minerals-from-public-land/

DENVER – Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. has agreed today to pay or $462,000 to resolve allegations that the company drilled and operated three different oil and gas wells in Weld County, Col…

Just a reminder that we are not even halfway through being drilled and fracked in Broomfield. And we aren’t lucky enough...
06/06/2021
Oil Well Fire In Bennet Sends Up Plume Of Smoke Seen For Miles

Just a reminder that we are not even halfway through being drilled and fracked in Broomfield. And we aren’t lucky enough to have a 5-mile setback from these sites.

Quote from the article:
“The bomb squad is at the scene to determine whether an explosion is probable. This fire can blow up at any time, and they’re just very concerned and don’t want to go near it at this time,” said Ginger Delgado, the Public Information Officer at ACSO.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/denver.cbslocal.com/2021/06/05/oil-well-bennet-smoke-fire/%3famp

A large plume of smoke could been seen for miles on the south side of the Denver metro area.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT AT 6PM:Meeting will discuss all oil and gas topics in Broomfield. There is a City Council m...
04/29/2021
0-2021-04-29 - Special Meeting Agenda

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT AT 6PM:
Meeting will discuss all oil and gas topics in Broomfield.

There is a City Council meeting tonight that will discuss the on-going issues with high methane levels being found in the soil on Graham's Peak Way, in Anthem. This area has seen a pause in building permits and future remediation ideas for methane levels are being discussed tonight. Also, a General update on oil and gas issues, air quality, and a discussion on reverse setbacks will also be taking place. Public comments are welcomed!

Here is a link to the agenda tonight with instructions on how to call in.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ziVMqYfSeOsIyXYCL8cVgx6wbx4GG-WFP1keJQNkwHs/edit

AGENDA SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL APRIL 29, 2021 6:00 p.m. Per Chapter 7 of Council Procedures and Rules of Order, Council will meet virtually Public participation via telephone will open at 6:00 P.M. by calling 1-855-695-3744 and pressing star 3 (*3) to be placed in the queue. W...

CONSERVATION GROUPS SPEAK OUT: NO BALLOT TRUCE MADEIf the Governor truly wants to prevent ballot measures in 2022 from b...
08/19/2020
Colorado’s governor strikes a deal to keep oil and gas measures off the November ballot

CONSERVATION GROUPS SPEAK OUT: NO BALLOT TRUCE MADE

If the Governor truly wants to prevent ballot measures in 2022 from being brought forward by "Conservation" groups, then he must uphold what he said in his statement:

“Our goal is to fully and effectively implement SB19-181 as envisioned by the sponsors and the administration to protect public health, worker and community safety, and provide a consistent regulatory framework for the state.”

(Just fyi... we've already missed the July 1, 2020 deadline for Rulemaking and impacted communities continue to weigh-in and wait and wait...)

Joe Salazar of CO Rising stated the the Governor is overstepping his bounds as governor. He needs to honor the right to petition our governor and bring ballot initiatives. CO Rising walked away from the Setback initiatives because of challenges related to COVID-19. Interestingly, CO Rising was left out of the deal.

As for Anne Lee Foster who brought the Setback petition language forward? She wasn't part of the deal either!

So who was part of this agreement? Conservation Colorado wanted the industry's overreaching and dangerous measures removed from the ballot, and wants to put this where it belongs - with the COGCC - to make those required rulemakings

Watch now...

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/360/colorados-governor-strikes-a-deal-to-keep-oil-and-gas-measures-off-the-november-ballot

Colorado’s oil and gas ballot box wars are over, or at least that’s what Gov. Jared Polis said when he wrote a recent opinion piece for Colorado Politics, but not everyone is buying the deal the governor is selling.

Back in 2016, when Extraction Oil and Gas was first unveiling its plans to do large-scale industrial fracking operations...
07/25/2020
Opinion: Oil and gas bankruptcies are problematic for Colorado taxpayers

Back in 2016, when Extraction Oil and Gas was first unveiling its plans to do large-scale industrial fracking operations near our residential communities in Broomfield, residents began raising awareness about public health and safety concerns, and simultaneously raising financial concerns including insurance for accidents to bonding to cover the cost to clean up the mess - either if the operator went bankrupt or at the end of life of the wells 20+ years down the road.

The COGCC estimates the cost to plug and abandon (P&A) an old vertical well to be $82,500 each on average. The cost to P&A one of these newer wells with horizontal laterals that run up to 3 miles underground could be $200,000 or more per well. For the 84 wells in Broomfield, that total bill would be $6.9 million based on the vertical well estimate, and up to $16.4 million or more when consideration is given for the complexities based on 84 wells running 2-3 miles horizontally under our communities.

According to the COGCC dashboard, the well status for the Extraction Oil and Gas wells in Broomfield are currently as follows:
Producing (PR) = 30 wells
Drilling (DR) = 47 wells
Location (XX) = 6 wells

Or by well pad:
Interchange A: 13 DR, 3 XX
Interchange B: 12 PR, 4 DR, 1 XX
Livingston: 18 PR (4 simultaneously in flowback)
NWA: 8 DR
NWB: 6 DR, 2 XX
NWB: 8 DR
United A 8 DR

There are currently zero drill rigs or fracking operations occurring in Broomfield at this time. The operator would need to provide a 30 day notice to the City and County of Broomfield prior to starting up operations again. Extraction is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In the early morning hours of June 15, 2020, Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. filed its long-awaited bankruptcy in federal district court.

Broomfield City Council unanimously approved 2,000-foot setbacks this past Tuesday for future oil and gas facilities fro...
05/17/2020
Broomfield OKs 2,000-foot setbacks for oil and gas operations

Broomfield City Council unanimously approved 2,000-foot setbacks this past Tuesday for future oil and gas facilities from the nearest lot line for athletic fields, amphitheaters, auditoriums, child care and correctional facilities, dwelling units, event centers, hospitals, life care institutions, nursing homes and facilities, recreational facilities, schools or undeveloped residential lots. The future locations will also be limited to specific districts which include general and heavy industrial, agricultural and general aviation districts. Companies would still need to go through a use by special review process for approval of their operations.

On April 16, 2019, the Governor signed SB 19-181 - Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations that grants local governments more authority to regulate surface and nuisance impacts of oil and gas operations. More specifically SB19-181 permits municipalities to regulate the surface impacts of oil and gas operations through its land use and zoning powers in a reasonable manner to protect and minimize adverse impacts to public health, safety, and welfare and the environment.

A study by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment “Final Report: Human Health Risk Assessment for Oil & Gas Operations in Colorado” released on October 17, 2019, shows that acute exposures for benzene, toluene, and ethyltoluenes could be above health guideline levels out to 2,000 feet from oil and gas wells during the development phase (drilling, fracking and flowback). The CDPHE report states that the acute effects of the chemicals identified in the study are hematological and neurotoxicity which can cause blurred vision, diminished reflexes, decreased alertness and changes to white and red blood cell populations.

Broomfield residents have filed with the city complaints of nosebleeds, headaches, eye, nose, and throat irritation, and respiratory symptoms during the development phase of nearby oil and gas development.

The Ordinance states that "upon consideration of the CDPHE study and resident complaints associated with oil and gas development, the city concludes that a 2,000-foot buffer from oil and gas development is reasonable and necessary to protect public health and safety".

Future oil and gas operations are also subject to Council approval through use by special review.

Residents of Broomfield are currently living just 1,320 feet from well heads, and even closer to the actual pad. Additionally, residents living at distances over 2,000 feet have filed health concerns. It is important to note that the CDPHE study referenced above was limited to data within 2,000 feet of a well site.

If you experience a health concern you believe is related to the oil and gas development, file your concern with the City and the CDPHE.

https://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/2020/05/13/broomfield-oks-2000-foot-setbacks-for-oil-and-gas-operations/

Broomfield City Council on Tuesday approved 2,000-foot setbacks for future oil and gas facilities — quadrupling the state’s 500-foot setback.

Continuation of the Public Health Meeting is tonight. What is the City going to do now that their hands are untied?
04/07/2020
Broomfield Concerned: A Coalition of Neighborhoods

Continuation of the Public Health Meeting is tonight. What is the City going to do now that their hands are untied?

Court Grants Broomfield’s Motion to Dissolve Extraction’s Temporary Restraining Order and Reaffirms Broomfield is Not Preempted from Taking Action to Protect Residents During COVID-19

Today, District Court Judge Kiesnowki, Jr. dissolved the Temporary Restraining Order granted to Extraction Oil and Gas on Friday, March 27th, citing that it was “improvidently granted” and that it is not “yet ripe for adjudication because the Broomfield Board of Health had not yet enacted an emergency ordinance or public health order.”

The Judge also ruled on the issue of preemption and ruled that Broomfield does have the ability to enact health orders or emergency ordinances that are more protective of the State when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19 or protecting residents from “pernicious” effects. The definition of pernicious is “having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.”

The Judge also noted that while the request for a temporary restraining order was not currently “ripe” (able to be reviewed by the courts), Extraction’s breach of contract claims are indeed “ripe” and can be heard. The Judge indicated that while the Temporary Restraining Order was not currently ripe, this could change if/when Broomfield passed a Public Health Order.

Residents have written in, and signed a petition by the hundreds, expressing concerns about Extraction’s flowback process being planned for the middle of April, precisely as the Covid-19 pandemic forces residents to stay in their homes. Residents expressed concerns over air quality, the project’s proximity to the nearby senior community of Anthem Ranch, the combination of VOCs with Covid-19 symptoms such as difficulty breathing and the ability for the city to effectively evacuate should there be an accident or an explosion on the site.

In response the City Council provided a platform for Extraction to present to citizens, and offered several hours for citizens to testify in town-hall-style community meeting held by phone. A proposed vote at the end of that meeting was shuttled, in favor of waiting a few days, and in those short few days Extraction filed a Temporary Restraining Order. It remains to be seen if the City Council will now vote as they originally indicated, passing a Public Health Order that would require flowback be delayed during the pandemic, and more specifically while the Governor’s stay-at-home order is in place.

Do you want to see a Public Health Order adopted during the COVID pandemic? If yes, write to City Council today expressing why you believe this order should be adopted and why having flowback occurring during a respiratory pandemic is concerning to you.
[email protected]

Read the full story here:
http://broomfieldconcerned.org/blog/author/cristen-logan/author-cristen-logan/court-grants-broomfields-motion-to-dissolve-extractions-temporary-restraining-order-and-reaffirms-broomfield-is-not-preempted-from-taking-action-to-protect-residents-during-covid-19/

We are facing a respiratory pandemic. Yet our City is not showing any inclination to stop flowback operations at Livings...
03/23/2020
Take Action: Protect Air Quality During A Respiratory Pandemic

We are facing a respiratory pandemic. Yet our City is not showing any inclination to stop flowback operations at Livingston that are due to start in April. Flowback is the stage when the most VOC’s are released and also when many accidents occur. The Windsor explosion occurred during flowback. The Livingston site is also 1300 ft from a 55+ community, which is the most at risk population for the worst complications of COVID-19.

Residents are asking the City to pause these operations until the State of Emergency has passed. There is no reason to further compromise the air we breathe in the time of a respiratory pandemic. And how would we manage a large scale evacuation if an emergency occurred, during a time of social distancing?

Please sign here and add comments if you agree. Don’t forget to share this petition with others!

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/take-action-protect-air-quality-during-a-respiratory-pandemic?source=direct_link&

In addition to signing, please email council directly with your concerns.

[email protected]

We are living in the midst of a global pandemic present in our state and our communities. This pandemic, COVID-19, results in respiratory illness, as well as respiratory distress, including death, at alarmingly high rates. As a result, we ask that all extraction activities known to release harmful V...

REPORT REVEALS UNSAFE LEVELS OF BENZENE EMITTED FROM EXTRACTION OIL AND GAS 11 WELL SITE - JUST 1000' FROM BELLA ROMERO ...
03/12/2020

REPORT REVEALS UNSAFE LEVELS OF BENZENE EMITTED FROM EXTRACTION OIL AND GAS 11 WELL SITE - JUST 1000' FROM BELLA ROMERO ACADEMY IN GREELEY

The report released today by 350 Colorado includes 113 times where the 8-hour health standard for benzene, established by the California Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment, was exceeded at Bella Romero Academy, including four time periods that overlapped with school days. The actual exceedances may have been even more numerous, since emissions at the site were monitored only about half of the hours during those months.

Nonprofit organization 350 Colorado released the report today, which was conducted by Barrett Engineering PLLC. The report revealed that, "benzene emissions at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley exceeded health standards appropriate for schools on numerous occasions while the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) took measurements May-December of 2019. Students and staff at the school were exposed to higher concentrations of benzene, a known carcinogen and hazardous air pollutant, than allowed by the most appropriate short-term health standard, developed for locations with repeated 8-hour exposures, such as schools and work facilities."

These exceedances raise concerns not only for the students and faculty at Bella Romero Academy, but also for other sites along the Front Range. This same operator is developing 84 wells in Broomfield with homes as close as 1000'.

The full press release can be read here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/108g7WIQ5U_EDOQk5cWVdsvmfYbKLjguhMjlmtkuY7Sk/edit

The full report can be viewed here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/12o-2-vBCEdMSWasoFaN2QWetZiGIOsdt/view

Broomfield and Extraction met in Court over ongoing noise issues. Extraction alleges that the Emergency Noise Ordinance ...
03/05/2020
Broomfield Tried Limiting Oil And Gas Noise. Now A Company Is Pushing Back

Broomfield and Extraction met in Court over ongoing noise issues. Extraction alleges that the Emergency Noise Ordinance passed by the City to curtail overnight noise does not apply to this project. However, the Operator Agreement allows for future regulations which are general in nature to be applied to the contract, so Broomfield residents are hopeful the courts will enforce this ordinance. A motions hearing is set for March 31st. Stay tuned!

“More than 300 residents have filed noise complaints about the pad since last fall, calling for a return to peace and quiet as oil and gas development wades deeper into the suburban community north of Denver...In January, the city council passed an emergency noise ordinance to try to quiet the new project at night, saying it posed a threat to public health...The conflict has spilled into the local municipal court, where a judge is weighing whether the new noise limits even apply to Extraction.”

https://www.kunc.org/post/broomfield-tried-limiting-oil-and-gas-noise-now-company-pushing-back-0#stream/0

When the noise rattled through Valerie Stozki’s kitchen one recent evening, she’d finally had enough. The buzzing coming from outside was loud — so loud

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