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Posted on: October 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Broomfield's Comments on the Acme Pad, CDPHE Recommends COGCC Delay a Final Determination

On Sept. 26, 2019, Broomfield filed additional comments on the Acme Pad Form 2 and 2A applications, which is a proposed pad located in Erie, just north of Anthem Ranch.

On September 26, 2019, Broomfield filed additional comments on the Acme Pad Form 2 and 2A applications, which is a proposed pad located in Erie, just north of Anthem Ranch. 

Broomfield's comments included a request for a hearing for Broomfield and its citizens prior to approving the permits; a request that COGCC apply the requirements of SB 19-181 to its review of these applications; a request that COGCC consider the implications of approving another large scale oil and gas facility in proximity to Broomfield residents; and requesting additional conditions be placed on the COGCC permits that include conditions for COGCC enforcement that include:

  • Electric Drill Rigs,

  • Tier 4 engines for the hydraulic fracturing process,

  • Use of Neoflo synthetic drilling mud,

  • Use of lay flat pipe to transport water to the pad for drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations,

  • Continuous air and noise monitoring, with results provided to Broomfield, Erie, COGCC and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment,

  • Permanent pipelines for the removal of all oil, gas and produced water from the Acme Pad. 

  • An emergency management plan that considers emergency response and evacuation for Broomfield neighborhoods and schools,

  • Broomfield approval of a traffic plan that includes a prohibition against heavy truck traffic during peak traffic hours,

  • Payment by operator of Broomfield's costs associated with the Acme Pad, like costs associated with emergency response, air monitoring, and other associated impacts from the proposed development, and

  • Other best management practices.

This week the CDPHE has recommended, in the letter linked here, that COGCC delay the final determination on the Acme Pad until additional analysis is conducted to ensure compliance with Senate Bill 19-181. Additionally, the CDPHE recommends certain best management practices/conditions of approval to minimize potential negative impacts to public health and the environment from the Acme Pad.

We will continue to provide updates on the status of these permits with the COGCC.

 

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