Crestone Peak - Erie Acme Pad

November 15, 2019 - Acme Pad Update

The Town of Erie referred and Oil and Gas Permit Application to Broomfield for review of the Crestone application for the Acme Pad.  The Acme Pad is north of the Anthem Ranch neighborhood and Highway 7.  Currently, Broomfield staff has reviewed the applications and submitted the comments that are linked here. Thirty wells are proposed for the Acme Pad.

The COGCC reopened the comment period on the Acme Pad and extended it to September 27, 2019.  On September 26, 2019, Broomfield filed additional 
comments including the request for a hearing for Broomfield and its citizens prior to approving the permits, request that the 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.
Effective October 30, 2019, the COGCC has placed the Acme Pad applications in a delayed status.  According to COGCC staff, "delayed" status for a pending permit application means that a decision will not be issued on the permit application until either:

  1. The initial required set of rulemakings are completed (likely in summer 2020), or
  2. Unless something changes with regard to the permit application, for example, such as newly proposed best management practices or additional Conditions of Approval (imposed by the COGCC), or both, that are more protective of public health, safety, welfare, the environment, or wildlife resources.