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11 months ago

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  • Bob B 3 months ago
    While I am cautiously optimistic that Extraction will cease to exist in the next year or so (yay!) I am concerned about what I have read with regard to abandoned wells. How are we protected in the long run from this company selling out to an even worse company? Can we demand that some of the expense be paid when the company sells its holdings? It’s clear that the energy companies wrote the original rules, but can we change them now? I read that Boulder wants the well remediation paid up front- about $270,000 per well if I remember correctly. Can we put that into our oil and gas regs?
  • Joan 4 months ago
    Are you testing radon levels in the soil. My radon levels have increased from 2 to 13 in six months. I live across from Livingston Pad. My new neighbors experienced the same levels last month when they moved in to their 2 year old house. I think community should be notified to regularly check radon in home. I just had a mitigation system installed last week.
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    • Admin Commented BroomfieldOilandGas 4 months ago
      Here is a link about radon and real estate in Colorado which may be of some use: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/categories/services-and-information/environment/radon.
      We have not found any information related to increasing radon in homes near oil and gas development.
      (This is an official reply from the City and County of Broomfield)
      • Joan 4 months ago
        Have you been testing soil near the site at Livingston for radon in addition to other gas’s you are monitoring? have you been collecting data regarding this issue to give me a more concrete answer then a blanked one.?
        • Admin Commented BroomfieldOilandGas 4 months ago
          Good morning, Joan,
          We have asked your question of our environmental consultant, who has confirmed that naturally occurring (background) radon levels in Colorado are elevated and are not associated with on-going oil and gas production.
          Thank you, Broomfield Oil and Gas
  • cynthia 10 months ago
    I would like to know when all the landscaping that was promised is going to be done? This was suppose to offset the chemicals and beautify the area. Please respond.
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  • rbk 5 months ago
    There wasn't a box on the form to check for this complaint so I am writing it here. There is no box for home vibrations and the movement / creaking of my home which has never happened before.
    Earlier this year my holiday decorations fell off my mantel while I was in bed. I thought someone was in the house but it turned out to be decorations on the floor. The last three nights in particular (March 5,6,7) my house has been creaking at different places. Sometimes it sounds like someone walking on an old wood floor. Sometimes it sounds like my foundation is cracking. I plan on having the inspector who inspected my home a year after I moved in to inspect my foundation again to see if there are any changes. I have lived here 4 years and never have things fallen off the shelf nor has the house ever creaked before. I am concerned about the damage this is doing to my home. I live only 1323 feet from the Livingston Pad, try not to complain to much but this home is my home and my investment for my children. I don't want to get caught up in a fight between the builder, the city and Extraction if something has happened to my foundation. Who should the inspection report be sent to if there is a problem? Stressed out!!!!
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  • DL 5 months ago
    My concern is that the city has limited leverage to reinforce any regulation on the oil and gas corporations, since they are the ones who invited them in the first place and allowed all this mess. Most of the responsible persons were removed from office but it might be too late and not enough. This fight will drag for months if it is not years… in the meantime our neighborhood is unlivable, the basics of a home is violated: a good night sleep. Don’t even mention the eventual heath consequences that might show up down the road and the degradation of the scenery.
    My highest hope is that at $2 a gallon of gas, this corporation will bankrupt or at least revisit its investment and get out of Broomfield. It is said that at $50 a barrel, fracking is not profitable.
  • Josh Joswick 6 months ago
    The following is submitted as comment on the draft Broomfield Municipal Code Chapter 17-54 Oil and Gas Land use Regulations; the comments pertain specifically to
    Section 17-54-090. - Conditions of approval applicable to use by special review applications
    Q. Gathering Lines
    (1) Gathering lines shall be sited to avoid areas containing existing or proposed residential, commercial, and industrial buildings; places of public assembly; surface water bodies; and city open space.
    (2) Without compromising pipeline integrity and safety, Operator shall share existing pipeline rights-of-way and consolidate new corridors for pipeline rights-of-way to minimize impact.
    (3) Setbacks from residential, commercial, or industrial buildings, places of public assembly, the high-water mark of any surface water body and sensitive environmental features will be determined on a case-by-case basis in consideration of the size and type of pipeline proposed and features of the proposed site.
    (4) Operator must make available to County upon request all records submitted to PHMSA or the PUC including those related to inspections, pressure testing, pipeline accidents and other safety incidents.
    (5) Operator’s emergency response plan must address gathering line spills and ruptures.
    It is important that there is a section in the Code dealing with ‘Gathering Lines’, as the siting of gathering lines is an issue that local governments, especially ones like Broomfield that have significant, ongoing interface between industrial and residential/commercial/institutional uses, need to address in the public safety context. The following is offered for consideration in order to expand what is in the draft and give broader, more in-depth coverage to that issue.
    Recognizing that there is a gap in how gathering lines are regulated in our state is the critical first step in filling that gap. While the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (COPUC) do address certain aspects of gathering line installation – things like depth of bury, what kind of material can be used for the pipeline, what kinds of welds, what kind of bed the pipeline will be placed on – in other words, the “how-to” of installing a gathering line, neither PHMSA nor COPUC regulate the “where”, the siting, of gathering lines installation. That is the regulatory gap that local governments can and must fill, as the “where’ is a matter of public safety that is currently not being addressed. There is precedent for local governments regulating in this area. La Plata County and Boulder County do this in their oil and gas regulations, which have gone unchallenged by the industry (see La Plata County Land Use Code Chapter 90 Section 51; Boulder County Section 12- 600).
    Including the siting of gathering lines as an integral part of oil and gas development increases the County’s ability to fully address the public safety issues associated with these lines. This broader context enables the County to deal with all the operators associated with all aspects of the development of a well pad (single or multiple wells). As the gathering line operator is usually different from the well operator, engaging both “on-site” and “off-site” operators provides an opportunity for the County to avoid the mistake of piecemealing a project that should have a full scope of review.

    The City and County of Broomfield should consider the regulation of gathering lines as a two-part process.
    Part One would be incorporated into an expanded Section 17-54-090 Q. (5), and that is to get an inventory of existing gathering lines already in place. This inventory would include information on location, age, size, pressure in the line, depth of bury, substance transported. (Refer back to La Plata County and Boulder County and their requirements on existing line inventories).
    Part Two would more fully address the idea of setbacks proposed in Section 17-54-090 Q. (3) and that is to establish an application process for proposed gathering lines. Proposed location, size, pressure of the pipe and substance in the pipe would be submitted for review. Since all gathering lines can range in size and pressure, it is requisite data for staff to have in order to assess if the proposed project meets county criteria for a gathering line location.
    With this data, staff can then assess the proposed setback(s) for appropriateness of the project’s location. How appropriateness of a setback can be assessed is explained below.

    Public safety is the basis for local governments asserting this authority over the siting of gathering lines; and setbacks are a matter of public safety. It is a matter of public safety because of the term ‘failure event’. The nature of a ‘failure event’, what a local government does to permit gathering lines, and how a local government deals with their siting depends on what product is in the line: oil or natural gas.

    There are two reports that provide ways for local government to address this:

    1) GRI-00/0189
    A MODEL FOR SIZING HIGH CONSEQUENCE AREAS
    ASSOCIATED WITH NATURAL GAS

    This report provides a formulaic basis for establishing setbacks from gathering lines; in other words, by using a formula, setbacks can be determined by some means other than pulling a number out of the air. The formula offers a way to assess and plan for a “worst credible case” scenario in the eventuality of pipeline failure.
    When there is a ‘failure event’ (read explosion) in a natural gas pipeline, the impact zone will have two ‘radii of influence’: the ‘boom’ radius and the ‘burn’ radius. The ‘boom’ radius defines the crater created by the explosion; the ‘burn’ radius describes the scorched earth outside the ‘boom’ radius. How big these radii will be depends on the diameter of, and the pressure in, the pipe. The formula is a calculation intended to be implemented for public safety purposes.

    Using the formula, the radius of the setback (r)= .0685 x the square root of the pressure (p) x the diameter of the pipe(d) squared, would provide the following as setbacks from centerline of a gathering line. These are of course examples; until actual diameters and pressures are known, actual setbacks cannot be determined in this discussion.

    For a 6” pipe under 800 psi the setback would be 140 ft from center line.
    For an 8” pipe : 8” pipe/800 psi = 187 ft.
    8” pipe/1100 psi = 219 ft

    There are two points that the GRI report makes that are relevant to both oil and natural gas lines:
    • The number of reported incidents should not be used to determine the seriousness of the potential risk.
    • Pipeline failures are classic examples of events of low probability but potentially high consequence; and those consequences may adversely affect the general public.

    2) Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) November 2010 report:
    Partnering to Further Enhance Pipeline Safety
    In Communities Through Risk-Informed Land Use Planning
    Final Report of Recommended Practices

    Where the GRI report addresses natural gas lines, the PIPA report deals with oil lines and provides further rationale and methodology for addressing the siting of pipelines. It also specifies the information that the pipeline operator should provide to the local government in a permitting process:
    1. Pipeline diameter and wall thickness
    2. Depth of cover
    3. Typical operating pressure and maximum allowable operating pressure
    4. Material transported and typical daily flow rate
    5. Estimated worst case spill volume in the area of the
    development. (emphasis added)” (This of course is for oil lines).

    This information must also be required from operators of existing gathering lines.

    It should be noted that the PIPA report approached the setbacks issue from the perspective of development encroaching on pipelines. There is no reason that a land use planning effort/siting on the part of a local government cannot use the same rationale the PIPA report uses for addressing the encroachment of pipelines on subdivisions, institutional, commercial or industrial areas, either existing or platted though not yet developed.

    Both reports approach the question of public safety from a setbacks perspective. Both these reports are referenced for staff review and comment.

    This has been intended to provide a conceptual framework for why and how local governments can begin regulating gathering lines. According to the COGCC, pipelines are the future of product transport; given this scenario of your future, gathering line placement will be an issue in all communities that are impacted by development of oil and natural gas resources. Planning should be just what the name implies: looking ahead and averting potential problems of high consequence impact.
  • BAMcLeod 7 months ago
    I just looked at the "file a complaint" system and do not see a box to check for my concern. I would like to sell my house. I have been waiting for about seven months to see what two other homes on my street sold for before listing mine, so I know what the comps are. One seller dropped her price every 2 weeks until it finally sold for $100,000 less than the list price, which I happen to know was legitimate and not inflated. The other home is still for sale and is located just north of the Livingston pad. I happen to know that the 3 main rooms in that house overlook the Livingston pad. These two homes are identical to mine except for some inside finishes. Knowing what the home values were prior to the walls going up and that home prices have dropped drastically since these wells have been running, seems very unfair to residents in the areas surrounded by these wells. I feel that the City of Broomfield should do something about it. Why should homeowners be forced to take big losses on home sales because of a poor decision to allow fracking where it affects home values? Then, to make matters even worse, the City has raised all our property taxes while our home values fall. Now, it looks like the city is about to force Extraction to not drill at night, thereby elongating the time there will be wells nearby, which means I have to wait even longer to list my home. There is no way a buyer will pay what my home should be worth while they are still drilling and fracking nearby, even at the other five locations. What the city has done has hurt and is still hurting the very residents who count on elected officials and city staff to protect them.
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    • Admin Commented BroomfieldOilandGas 7 months ago
      Thank you for your comments. At the direction of Council, the Assessor’s Office is continuing to look at sales and listings of single family residential properties located around the oil and gas development currently occurring in Broomfield. We are collecting data to determine if the oil and gas development is affecting sales prices. Comments like yours are collected as well and we are using your information to focus on different neighborhoods. Anthem is one of the neighborhoods we are following. Data being collected includes days on market, sales to list price ratio, sales prices and various other metrics. This is all being tracked over time.

      Our last update to Council was November 7, 2019. Our next report to Council is in June. It will be up to Council to determine whether to complete a more in depth study with outside consultants. If the data ultimately shows that home values are negatively affected by oil and gas development Council will have to determine any next steps.

      Property taxes are not set by the county for the county’s use. Property taxes are a function of state and municipal government. Colorado State Statute, the laws of our state, allow for property tax to be collected by local governments and quasi-governmental entities to raise revenue to fund their services. The process by which the Assessor determines property values upon which property taxes are based is defined in state law.

      Your property value for tax years 2019 (payable in 2020) and 2020 (payable in 2021) were determined in accordance with state law. Values were determined using residential sales that closed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018. So remember we are always looking in the rearview mirror when determining property tax. Again, state law defines the process. The Assessor is required to follow that process.

      As to how property tax is calculated, please view the following information on how property tax is calculated: http://bit.ly/30poTtY

      Please do not hesitate to contact the Assessor's Office with further questions, 303.464.5819. (This is an official reply from the City and County of Broomfield.)
  • sallywkaplan 7 months ago
  • BAMcLeod 7 months ago
    I have two concerns. Concern #1 is that when people file their oil and gas complaints, they should be putting the marker where they were impacted rather than select the actual site they think it is coming from. Could that directing be given so it can help the City see which neighborhoods are being impacted? Concern #2 is that for some reason there is a box for "odors" and one for "air". This makes no sense to me. Odors are carried in the air. To make these two things different categories dilutes the concerns so it doesn't look as bad. The term odor really should be eliminated because these "odors" are really caused by chemicals and VOC's that become airborne. An "odor" per se, such as burnt toast, won't necessarily cause harm but an "odor" which is caused by leaving too much Clorox in a container for hours with the cap off or undiluted in a bucket, can cause harm even though it could also be smelled.
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    • Admin Commented BroomfieldOilandGas 7 months ago
      Thank you for the suggestions. We originally broke these two out as some people were having reactions but were not aware of any odors. For example, some people may be experiencing nasal or eye issues, without a smell to associate. We do look at ALL concerns, and are not concentrating on one marker.
      (This is an official reply from the City and County of Broomfield.)
  • Dave F 7 months ago
    The upcoming citizens review meeting on administrative/infrastructure issues on this website still says it will be held on Jan 15- but in today's Enterprise it says the meeting has been rescheduled to Feb 12. Can you clarify what the correct meeting date is?

    Since we know what the general topics for discussion will be regardless of the meeting date- can you clarify which parts of of the red lined draft regulations that you are specifically looking for public feedback on in advance of the meeting? And shouldn't there be a new comment area set up specifically for feedback on those issues?
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    • Admin Commented BroomfieldOilandGas 7 months ago
      The Community Meeting has been rescheduled to February 12 at 5:30.
      Thank you!
      (This is an official reply from the City and County of Broomfield.)
  • jd 7 months ago
    I moved out of Broomfield in June of 2019 — electing to live away from the area for 7 months. I did this for many reasons — one of them being I wanted to try and avoid negative health impacts from active operations being allowed in our city. During the time I was gone, my health was fine. Immediately upon returning I have been faced with daily sore throats and an increased need to use my asthma inhaler. My asthma symptoms are aggravated to the point I can not workout or exercise outside without using my inhaler multiple times and worrying I will have an event that lands me in the ER. Or worse. And again, I have daily sore throats. I want it to be noted that people who live near oil and gas operations in Broomfield are spending time away — and seeing their symptoms from air pollution and chemical exposure completely resolve. When they return to the area they see their symptoms immediately return. To not have one cold, one asthma attack or one sinus infection while away for 7 months — and then return to living within 2 miles of active operations and being sick daily — is a clear indicator that Broomfield's air quality and chemical exposures are incompatible with being able to live in good health, unaffected by serious daily health impacts. I am unable to permanently move owing to a divorce and parenting decree that stipulates I can't permanently leave the area for 4 more years. Despite pleading to my ex husband to relocate, I can not change his mind and therefore I cannot live anywhere else, unless I want to abdicate my role as a parent. The moment I can leave, I will be removing myself from the daily poisoning. Broomfield should not be monitoring its citizens like we are a science experiment. Its employees, staff, leadership and city council should be upholding its duty to serve and protect its residents, ahead of industry. Evidence abounds that these operations are incongruous with healthy living, particularly for those of us with chronic asthma and other health considerations. I, for one, am abundantly clear this community is no longer net positive or even net neutral for my health — it is — as confirmed through this experience of leaving and returning only to be sick every day — absolutely deleterious for my health. And to be clear, I hold you, the city responsible.
  • Jeanne H 7 months ago
    FYI - fracking noise at LIVINGSTON PAD was elevated this morning approximately 2:30 am. Submitting this comment to possibly help with tracking conditions that escalate the noise.
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  • Max 7 months ago
    I am disappointed and alarmed at the number of fracking towers located near homes, and those in open spaces interfering with natural vistas and interrupting the look of the open spaces. Other places in the country are also experiencing pressure and going against the will of communities in favor of the almighty dollar and monies going to regulatory entities with their own special interests ($). See https://represent.us/action/denton-fracking/ for an example of what is coming.
  • Mark 7 months ago
    The amount of fracking in Broomfield is ridiculous and I'm appalled at how close it is allowed to houses, schools, and communities.
  • Reimercn 8 months ago
  • Jackie 9 months ago
    If Broomfield has a city attorney, why do we also have the outside counsel of Elizabeth Paranhos? When was her contract signed? How long is the contract for? What is she being paid? Who made this decision? Where can I obtain a copy of the contract? Thank you.