Oil and Gas Development

Under the law of the State of Colorado, local governments cannot prohibit oil and gas development within their jurisdiction, nor can local governments prohibit hydraulic fracturing. The Colorado Supreme Court has held that most regulatory aspects of oil and gas development are preempted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and beyond the authority of local governments. The city's goal is to develop strategy and legally permissible tools that best reflect Broomfield's community values. In order to accomplish the best outcome, Broomfield will work with the community as well as work with any current operators in the city and COGCC. This web page is to inform residents of upcoming meetings, past actions, resources and maps of current well sites. 

Upcoming/Current Events and Information ..........................

  Comments are due to the COGCC on the current 2A permit 
  applications by 5/27/18.  Here is a link to the comments we have     forwarded to the COGCC.
  Click here to review Extraction's Comprehensive Drilling Plan 
  Received 5-11-18.
  • Click here to view Extraction's Responses to Citizen Comments on the CDP.
  5/8/2018 - City Council Memo - Ordinance 2067 Regulations on  
  Oil and Gas Development - First Reading

  The 5-4-18 Invitation for Conversation on Oil and Gas - video can    be viewed here
  Emergency Preparedness Presentation - Click here to   
  view the presentation.

  Best Management Practices (BMP's)
  Click here to view the 5-10-18 redlines of Extractions Draft BMP
  for the form 2A permits.  (Broomfield comments in red, COGCC
  in blue, additional COGCC comments in green.)

Click to view the 5-9-18 redlines
   Click here to view 5-2-18 redlines 
Click here to view redlines of Extraction's BMP's  for the form 2A permits. 
  DRAFT Oil and Gas Regulations First Reading on May 8, 2018.

  Comparison Chart of Draft Regulations and Legal Subcommittee    Recommendations

  Oil and Gas Regulations

  Oil and Gas Emails to Council 

Click here to view emails sent to Council (Council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org)
 regarding Oil and Gas

  03-08-18 - UPDATE - 
  The COGCC has extended the comment period of the following Form
  2s. The comment periods were extended 10 days with a new ending
  date of 4/1/18.



Quick Links ........................................................................................
    COGCC eForms Browser Compatibility - Silverlight
     Citizen Notification - 

       Click here to register cell phones or VoIP system phones for emergency
       notifications.  (Current vendor is CodeRED®) This  system is similar to 
       reverse 911.

     Oil and Gas Comprehensive Update Committee Webpage
 Oil and Gas Comprehensive Plan Update - Chapter Document -          
           Adopted September 26, 2017

     Crestone Peak Oil and Gas Submittal - Received 2-23-18

On February 23, 2018, Crestone Peak filed an application for a Use by Special Review for a proposed oil and gas development in Broomfield.   The application includes two 13-well pads. The two pads are located east of I-25, approximately one mile north of E. 168th Avenue, and one quarter mile west of County Road 11. 

Public hearings have not been scheduled regarding the use by special review. Comments and questions regarding the application should be directed to the Planning Division at oilandgasapplication@broomfield.org.

     Resolution 2017-186 - Restated Oil and Gas Operator Agreement with 
           Extraction Oil and Gas - Adopted October 24, 2017

Timeline of Extraction Activities
      Proposed Truck Route Map - Extraction Well Sites
      Proposed Access Road and Pipeline Map - Extraction Well Sites


   Extraction Oil and Gas Comprehensive Drilling Plan submitted on 4-17-18 can be viewed by Clicking here.
Click here to view Broomfield's Response, dated 5-4-18, to the Draft CDP 
Received 4-17-18
     Extraction Oil and Gas Submittal - Received 1-26-18.
  Submittal of the
        comprehensive development plan and three COGCC Form 2A's for the
        Northwest A & B pads and the United Pad, and 55 Form 2's for the
        Northwest A & B Pads (8 wells each), the 16 wells on the United Pad, 16
        wells on the Interchange A pad, and the remaining seven wells on the 
        Interchange B pad.

      Extraction Oil and Gas Permit Application - Received 12-15-17

Section 9 of The Amended and Restated Oil and Gas Operator Agreement between the City and County of Broomfield and Extraction Oil and Gas, requires that Extraction submit toe Broomfield the applications it will be submitting to the COGCC for its Form 2 and 2A considerations at least 30 days prior to them being submitted to the COGCC.  Form 2 is the Permit to Drill and Form 2A is the Oil and Gas Location Assessment.  This link includes the COGCC applications discussed above and the Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) for the Broomfield Project submitted to Broomfield by Extraction to meet the terms of the Agreement.  Broomfield is currently reviewing the application.
Broomfield's comments to Extraction can be viewed by clicking the link below:
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2018 News .................................................................

Oil and Gas Regulation Review - 
April 3, 2018, Study Session

  03-23-18 Broomfield Comments on Comprehensive Drilling Plan
(click here to view)

Oil and Gas Reporting Speaking Points - HB1157
Forced Pooling Speaker Points - HB1289
  03-02-18 - Extraction has filed 4 more Form 02 Permits for 4 additional 
  wells at the Interchange B well pad. Public comments on these permits were 
  due by March 22nd
 to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).  

    Oil & Gas Community Conversation - (Click here to view the video.)
      Friday, March 16 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. 
   02-28-18 Broomfield LGD Comments Posted to the COGCC Webpage


  Comments have been posted to the COGCC Webpage for the following 2A 
  document numbers: 401477008 and 401477000.

   2-27-18 - Stromberber COGCC Form 22 Subsequent Notice - Click here 
  to read the Accident Report for the Stromberger event.

02-21-18 City and County Manager Charles Ozaki made the following request of COGCC Director Director Matt Lapore, on February 21st.   This
message will be updated when a response from Director Lapore is received.
If the public hearing comment period is not extended by Director Lepore,
Broomfield will submit its comments to the COGCC by February 24th.
Broomfield is respectfully requesting that the comment period remain open for all Extraction permits currently pending or deemed completed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).  To the extent that COGCC has indicated that it plans to consider all permits for wells being drilled in Broomfield at a COGCC meeting, Broomfield requests that such permits be heard no earlier than COGCC's April 2018 meeting date. As background, on October 24, 2017,

Extraction and Broomfield entered into an Amended and Restated Operator Agreement (Agreement).  Section 9 of the Agreement provides that the Extraction must submit a “Comprehensive Drilling Plan and Application” to Broomfield for such new wells or well sites (Plan).  Per the Agreement, that Plan is subject to the review and must be approved by the City.

Broomfield has and continues to work diligently with Extraction on the Plan, through weekly meetings and communications. Broomfield has not yet approved the Plan, and we are communicating with Extraction regarding issues with the Plan in a timely and reasonable manner. The COGCC spacing orders for these spacing units indicate that any Permits for the wells within these spacing units must "comport with the Agreement". The approved Plan will inform Broomfield's comments on the Permits and for this reason, while we continue to work diligently with Extraction to finalize the Plan, we ask that the comment period be held open past February 24th.

Extraction's schedule for plugging and abandoning wells can be 
viewed here.

       The 301 Committee made a presentation at the 2/6/18 Study Session. 
          Here is a link to the video of the presentation.

       Extraction submits permit application for Livingston and and       
          Interchange well sites.
Extraction Oil and Gas has submitted to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Form 2 and Form 2A permit applications concerning location assessment for wells on the Interchange and Livingston well sites in Broomfield.  The document numbers for the permits are listed below.  

On 1-25-18, staff at the COGCC determined these applications for permits to be complete.  This does not mean the permits are approved.  This means the COGCC staff has completed its review and a comment period has begun.  The initial 20 day comment period was February 14, 2018, however Broomfield has requested and received a 10 day extension.  So the comment period is through February 24, 2018.

COGCC 305.d. on Comment periods states that: "The Director shall not approve a Form 2A, or any associated Form 2, for a proposed Well or Production Facility during the comment period, and shall accept and immediately post on the Commission’s website any comments received from the public, the Local Governmental Designee, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, or Colorado Parks and Wildlife regarding the proposed Oil and Gas Location."  

If you would like to submit comments on these permit applications, comments are submitted directly to the COGCC's electronic forms system (called eForms) on the COGCC website.  The COGCC states that comments should not be sent via email.

Instructions for comments are on the "Permits Help" page of the COGCC website:  
Please note that the system may be slow if a large numbers of people are submitting comments simultaneously.




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2017 News .................................................................

Oil and Gas Letter from Local Elected Officials
Click here to view the letter to the Governor, drafted and signed by local elected officials.  The letter will be updated as additional signatures are obtained.

Broomfield Ballot Issue 301 - Click here to go to the updated section of the Broomfield Charter.  Click here to see the election results.

Prior Council Meeting Information:

October 24, 2017 - Broomfield City Council Meeting - 
Here is a link to Resolution 2017-186 and agreement.

October 17, 2017 - City Council - Study Session - Here is a link to the 10/17 Study Session memo.  

October 10, 2017Click here to view the report presented to City Council.  If you wish to view the video of the meeting, click here.

September 26, 2017Click here to view Resolution 2017-160 and the adopted Comprehensive Plan Update Chapter on Oil and Gas, adopted on September 26, 2017.

September 19. 2017Status Update on negotiations with Extraction for City Council September 19, 2017 Study Session.

August 8, 2017 Click here to view the video of the August 8th Study Session on Oil and Gas. 

Feb. 28, 2017
 - City Council MeetingAgenda & Memo 1Memo 1 AdditionMemo 2: Creation of the Oil and Gas Comprehensive Plan Update Committee - 
At the February 28, 2017, City Council meeting, Broomfield City Councilmembers voted to indefinitely postpone a vote on an oil and gas moratorium.   The 12 (+ 2 alternate) member Broomfield Comprehensive Planning Update Committee to address oil & gas issues was also appointed at the council meeting and they will begin meeting this month. 

Feb. 14, 2017
City Council MeetingAgenda
Resolution No. 2017-29 -Declaring Intent of the City and County of Broomfield to Engage in a Comprehensive Planning Process for Oil and Gas Operations Within the City and County

Jan. 31, 2017 - 7:30 p.m. 
City Council Study SessionAgenda & Memo

Jan. 10, 2017
City Council Meeting, Agenda & Memo

  • Ordinance No. 2038 Imposing a temporary moratorium on oil and gas operations until June 13, 2017
  • Second Reading
Dec. 6, 2016City Council MeetingAgenda & Memo
  • Ordinance No. 2038 Imposing a temporary moratorium on oil and gas operations until June 13, 2017
  • First Reading
June 14, 2016City Council MeetingAgenda & Memo
Executed Supplement to MOU and Resolution 2016-95 
  • Resolution No.2016-95 Authorizing and approving supplement to oil and gas operator agreement
May 31, 2016 - City Council Study Session Agenda & Memo
  • Discussion regarding supplement to oil and gas operator agreement


Additional Links

Here is a link to the Extraction Spacing Unit Protests.

Information on Spacing Unit Applications with COGCC

Press Release:  Broomfield Requests Oil ad Gas Inspections and Emergency Plans from Local Operators

Comprehensive Planning Update Committee
Oil and Gas Activities Update

Map of pending spacing unit applications.

  Additional 2017 Events

COGCC Public Forum - October 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. (Broomfield Council Chambers.)
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) held a Broomfield Public Forum on October 12th.  Unable to attend or watch?  Here is a link to the video of the meeting.

May 11, 2017 - Letter from Mayor Ahrens to Governor Hickenlooper

Broomfield Oil & Gas Public Forum - Feb. 21, 2017 - Click here to see a video of the event.

  Extraction Oil & Gas Proposal

Oil and Gas Drilling History

Crestone Peak Resources Operating LLC 

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