Week of October 7, 2018
Here is a weekly wrap up of Oil and Gas news posted on the website from last week. To find more information, please visit  Broomfield.org/oilandgas.  
Badger Central Facility/Buffalo Compressor Station
On October 9, 2018, Broomfield Planning Division received a referral from Weld County regarding the Badger Central Gathering Facility and Buffalo Compressor Station. The subject facility is located in Weld County at the southwest corner of County Road 15 and County Road 6. This site is approximately 1.5 miles from Broomfield's boundary at County Road 11.

This facility will receive produced water and oil, and gas from EXR Midstream, LLC (XTR) facilities proximate to the facility (including, potentially, wells in Broomfield). The facility will also include a compressor station which would be functionally independent from the Central Gathering Facility. A future compressor station and substation are also proposed.

This facility will receive, store, and transfer produced water, produced oil, and residual hydrocarbons and solids 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. There will be staff on site 24-hours per day, 365 days per year.

Under Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) rules (Series 900) this facility will be considered a "Centralized E&P Waste Management Facility" due to the fact that the facility will received produced water from more than one production facility for treatment. Under the COGCC rules, Form 28 and other associated information must be submitted to COGCC for approval prior to beginning of construction for this facility.

Broomfield staff will review the proposal in Weld County and will provide comments to Weld County in advance of the scheduled public hearing with the Weld County Commissioners on November 20, 2018. A copy of staff's comments will be posted on the Broomfield website.

Livingston Pad Proposed Drilling
Please see the linked maps of the three wellbore spacing units and wells Extraction is proposing to drill from their Livingston pad. These maps are provided by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to aid in the understanding of how these wells and their respective wellbore spacing units fit into the overall development.

Hazard Identification (HAZID) Process
This Agreement with DNV-GL authorizes them to conduct a hazard identification (HAZID) process for the Extraction oil and gas well sites. The purpose of a HAZID is to identify all reasonably possible sources of hazards and threats to a system and to determine where further risk analysis is warranted. HAZIDs enable the identification of threats in numerous areas such as operations, projects and finance. The HAZID method is often used in conceptual design work, and the intent is to use a structured approach to identify concerns and issues associated with the concept or system being reviewed. In a HAZID study, hazard checklists are generated, and each section or node of the study (i.e. system boundary) is considered against the hazard checklist. Where it is agreed that a threat exists in a particular area, the risk presented by the threat is considered, usually with the aid of a Risk Matrix, and all possible means of either eliminating the hazard or controlling the risk and/or the necessity for further study are noted in HAZID worksheets. Actions are assigned to ensure the mitigating control or further study is completed.

Pipeline Installation
For the next 1 to 2 weeks, Extraction will be installing Segments 12 and Crossings F7 and C9 of the pipeline generally located north of State Highway 7 and west of Interstate 25.  View more information about the nature and location of this work.

New Extraction Project Timeline
October 9 - A new Timeline of Extraction activities to replace the existing timeline has been posted on the oil and gas web page under Oil and Gas Operators, Extraction.  View updated timeline.

Crestone Appeal
Please see links below for the complaint for appeal of the COGCC's decision on Crestone's spacing unit and increased density applications that was filed Oct. 2 by Phil Barber on behalf of Broomfield.  Complaint, Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2.

Air Quality Monitoring Project
Colorado State University and Ajax Analytics will be deploying four whole air samplers (6L stainless steel canisters) to collect weekly time-integrated air samples as part of the City and County of Broomfield's Community-Scale Air Quality Monitoring Project. 

Two canisters will be located near the sites of future oil and gas activities, one will be near the Anthem Ranch neighborhood, and the fourth will be near Broomfield Commons Fields. These samples will be used to establish baseline concentrations of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including benzene, ahead of future oil and gas extraction activities. Learn more at the Air Quality Monitoring Study Open House on Oct. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the George Di Ciero City and County Building, One DesCombes Drive. 

This  map shows all of the air quality stations for the air quality programs.

Oil and Gas State Approved Pad Permits
On Oct. 2, 2018, the City and County of Broomfield was notified by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) of the State-approved United Pad Permits.

COGCC approved the following:
  • 16 Form 2s for the United Pad
  • The Form 2A for the United Pad
This chart shows how many Form 2s have been approved to date and for which pads.

Re-Submitted Comprehensive Drilling Plan
Extraction Oil and Gas formally re-submitted the July 27, 2018 Comprehensive Drilling Plan (CDP) as required by the August 20, 2018 conditions of approval letter issued by the City and County Manager.

Broomfield staff reviewed the CDP documents and Extraction's submittal letter, and determined that the additional information and clarified statements satisfy the conditions of approval in the City and County Manager's August 20, 2018 letter.
To ensure rigorous independent analysis of risks associated with Extraction's operations, Broomfield will contract with DNV-GL to complete a risk assessment process. DNV-GL is an experienced, independent, third party consultant who brings a depth of understanding to assess risks, mitigation practices, and any additional best management practices necessary for community safety. The risk assessment process will analyze all stages of drilling and completion. If additional mitigation measures are warranted, Broomfield will take action to address them.

The next steps will include the administrative issuance of public/private improvement permits, in accordance with the operator agreement, the CDP, and Broomfield's regulations, for pipeline installation and well pad construction. Notice of ongoing oil and gas activities will be posted at Broomfield.org/OilandGas.
The final approval comes after an 18 month process of community input, a Comprehensive Plan Oil and Gas Task Force effort, and extensive negotiations with Extraction Oil and Gas.
Under State of Colorado law, 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. To address the deficiencies in state law, Broomfield negotiated an agreement that requires best management practices that better protect public health, safety and the environment than the requirements of state law.

"The public process, implementation of the best management practices in the Extraction Operator Agreement and the CDP, with oversight by both Broomfield and the State represents the best course of action for Broomfield within the restrictions of Colorado law," said Charles Ozaki, City and County Manager.

For more background information, maps and additional resources concerning oil and gas in Broomfield, visit Broomfield.org/ OilandGas

Local Government Designee:

Tami Yellico
Ph: 303.438.6300
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