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10/11/19 Update - Davis 43-6 Plugged and Abandoned Well and COGCC Orphaned Well Program
Please read the update on the Davis 43-6 Plugged and Abandoned Well here.

Fedorowicz 1-17 Well Site Historical Contamination
On October 15, 2019, Broomfield was notified by Extraction that historical contamination was identified at the Fedorowicz 1-17 well site while removing the facility equipment and tanks. The Fedorowicz 1-17 well was plugged in late September-early October 2019 and the tank removal is being conducted as part of the plugging and abandonment operations. Extraction reported this finding upon discovery, as required, to Broomfield and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Broomfield's Oil and Gas Inspection team is in the process of acquiring additional information and will conduct a site investigation to further evaluate site conditions and review Extracton's plan for remediation. A map of the location of this well is included in the newsflash that can be viewed here

10/16/19 Update - Davis 43-6 Plugged and Abandoned Well Status
COGCC indicated that methane emissions are consistent with results associated with oil and gas production. COGCC confirms public safety is not impacted as the concentrations are subsurface and there are no conduits to allow the migration off location.

On September 30, 2019, Broomfield staff and representatives from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and the North Metro Fire and Rescue District conducted a community meeting concerning subsurface methane readings discovered as a result of Broomfield's Soil and Gas Testing Program in the area of the Davis 43-6 plugged and abandoned well. A map of the well location is linked here.

Test results, from Broomfield's contractor ERO, that are of concern are from the immediate area of the well at depths of 15 and 18 feet below ground. Staff has been in daily contact with COGCC, and the North Metro Fire and Rescue District (NMFRD) to develop action steps to address the issue, these conversations resulted in the COGCC accepting the Davis 43-6 plugged and abandoned well into COGCC's Orphaned Well Program on October 11th.

Subsequent to the determination, staff has, in partnership with COGCC, determined the remediation will, in fact, need to be completed.

At our meeting Oct. 16 with COGCC, they indicated that their geochemist has reviewed testing results provided by an accredited laboratory in more detail and has determined that the methane emissions are not associated with coal mines in the area, but are consistent with results associated with oil and gas production.

In response to Broomfield's staff's work, COGCC's Orphan Well Program has made this well it's number one priority. COGCC confirms that public safety is not impacted as the concentrations are subsurface(approximately 18 ft below ground) and there are no conduits to allow the migration off location. In an abundance of caution, Broomfield continues to withhold building permits in the area.

In response to our requests for confirmation, COGCC reiterated that any Oil & Gas operations (Drill/Fracking/completions) in the area (we asked specifically about the Livingston Pad) will not impact and/or influence the area around the Davis 43-6 plugged and abandoned well.

CCOB staff will be on-site during every phase of the remediation (Public Works, Oil & Gas Inspectors, PD) COGCC's Orphan Well Program next steps include the following:
  • Tomorrow a logistics meeting with Public Works, the NMFRD, Broomfield's Oil and Gas Division inspector, and representatives from COGCC to discuss logistics associated with street cutting and exposing the pipe, and review of safety protocols.
  • COGCC staff is requesting utility locates Oct. 16, which should be completed by Monday afternoon, Oct. 21. COGCC will have contractors on site after locates are completed to begin the process of repairing the well.
  • COGCC's work will include cutting a hole in the street, exposing the well pipe and other infrastructure, and then sliding a pipe around casing and then cementing between casing and pipe to seal any leaks, it is anticipated that this process will take at least 2 weeks from the time that the pipe is exposed.
  • Concurrently, COGCC will be conducting further characterization of the extent of the subsurface contamination and determining any necessary additional remediation requirements. A time frame for remediation will be set one COGCC further assesses the contamination.
Staff will continue frequent communications with COGCC throughout this process and we will provide updates to Council and the public continuously over the next two weeks.

Broomfield has made UL combustible gas detectors available for residents living at the locations listed above. To date, there have been 7 detectors requested and have delivered 5 to date and will deliver the other 2 by Friday. We have provided notice on all social media channels, on our website, on B in the Loop, and additionally completed a mailing to ensure that all residents within 500 ft of the well have access to the UL combustible gas detectors. Additionally, NMFRD spent the weekend in the neighborhood and inspected 9 occupied residences and 11 unoccupied homes under construction, with no indications that there have been any combustible gases, including methane, detected.

Staff will remain vigilant in our effort to engage with the residents and provide an immediate response to the concerns that are generated. We will be requesting the NMFRD continue to provide individual house inspections, by appointment, for those residents that remained concerned.

Residents are asked to contact NMFRD directly at 303.452.9910 to sign up.

Currently, the testing will focus on homes in the following areas that are in closest proximity to the location of the methane testing points:
  • Grahams Peak Way
  • Spanish Peak Way, south of Mount Powell Drive
  • Mount Powell Drive located from Spanish Peak Way, west to the end of the street
Residents within 500 ft of the well can also request a UL combustible gas detector by calling 303.438.6382 or email ealbrecht@broomfield.org.

CDPHE's Health Risk Assessment for Oil and Gas in Colorado
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today published the long awaited " Human Health Risk Assessment for Oil and Gas Operations in Colorado." The report has been in the works for 3 years. A summary of the final report was published today in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association here, and the State of Colorado issued a Press Release and one page summary

The study is not based on actual health impacts people have reported from oil and gas operations or on measured concentrations in the air surrounding the well pad, but rather, as the summary indicates, "...the study uses actual emissions data from oil and gas operations in Colorado, to estimate or "model" hypothetical exposures and risks of health impacts. Modeling is used to predict how pollutants move through the air, accounting for weather conditions and emissions from a source, to estimate exposures at multiple distances from a well pad. These estimated exposures are then used to understand the potential risk to public health." With that in mind, Broomfield is in the process of evaluating the findings of the study and what it may mean for our Oil and Gas Program. 

In response to the release of this study, Broomfield is prioritizing our efforts and next steps:  
  • This afternoon staff has reached out to engage CSU, our partner in Broomfield's Air Quality Monitoring Program, with the request to compare the air emission data already collected at the operator's well sites to the emission data utilized to develop the findings in this study. CSU is uniquely familiar with data used by the State's contractor in this study, as much of the raw emissions data was collected by CSU for the State and Garfield County.  
  • Over the next week, staff will digest and evaluate the study to determine how SB19-181, 301, and the data contained in this study will further impact and influence our current efforts in drafting the new local rules and regulations and influencing State policy and regulations, which include the potential enhancement of our oil and gas best management practices, and any implications associated with the existing operator agreement. 
  • Continue to evolve our existing oil and gas  program efforts by enhancing our Public Health response to residents by gathering environmental and health data to evaluate and better understand how environmental exposure to oil and gas activities may influence health. 
We will continue to update the public as additional news becomes available.

10/18/19 Update - Davis 43-6 Plugged and Abandoned Well
Please view the newsflash, linked here, outlining next steps with the Davis 43-6 plugged and abandoned well repair. The COGCC's Orphaned Well Program will be onsite beginning the morning of Oct. 22, 2019, to complete all necessary repairs.

The next steps in the process include:
  • Conducting a magnetometer survey of the area to definitively identify the well location. This work is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, or Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.
  • Utilities will be located by the end of the day Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in preparation of excavation to uncover the top of the Davis 43-6 well casing.
  • Excavation activities are currently scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.
  • Prior to the start of excavation, Graham Peak Way will be barricaded off at the trail on the north end and at Middle Peak Drive on the south end.
  • The project will include cutting a hole in the street, exposing the well pipe and other infrastructure, and then sliding a pipe around the casing and cement between the casing and pipe.
  • It is anticipated that this work will take approximately two weeks from the time that the pipe is exposed.
Concurrently, the COGCC will be conducting further characterization of the extent of subsurface contamination and determining any necessary remediation requirements. A time frame for remediation will be set one COGCC further assess the contamination.