Inspection & Monitoring
Broomfield Noise Monitoring
In 2021, Broomfield hired D.L. Adams Associates, Inc. to install stationary noise monitoring equipment around the Extraction well pads within the City and County. These noise monitors were placed 1,000 feet from the sound walls to track the noise and determine if any exceedances were occurring. The Noise Monitoring sensor map as of July 2021 can be viewed here. D. L. Adams' Realtime Noise Monitoring site can be viewed here. In 2020, Broomfield passed Emergency Noise Ordinance No. 2117, restricting noise in residential areas.
Concerns: We encourage the public to report any concerns 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, to the Immediate Concern system or call 720-887-3130.
Soil Gas Testing
In 2019, Broomfield has contracted with ERO Resources Corporation to perform soil gas testing on all the plugged and abandoned wells in Broomfield. Review the results. Broomfield will continue to perform soil gas tests on all plugged and abandoned wells annually.
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. Staff will also utilize resources available through Colorado Higher Education Resources and research other Colorado community efforts to understand lessons they have learned. Staff has prepared a matrix that incorporates regulatory activities and outlines MOU requirements from other front range communities.
A summary has been prepared by the City and County Attorney’s office regarding the legal issues that have been raised from the requests of concerned residents. The City and County Attorney advises that voluntary agreements among participants are legal and that adopting drilling and operational regulations that go beyond state regulations have a relatively low probability of withstanding legal challenge.
Oil and Gas Information and Resources
Oil and gas drilling and production is a broad and complex issue. Below are a few resources that may be useful:
- Oil and gas development in Colorado is regulated primarily by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Visit their website and click on the GENERAL tab located on the left side of the screen to review a list of “Typically asked Questions."
- In 2004, the EPA provided a technical study entitled Evaluation of Impacts to Underground Sources of Drinking Water by Hydraulic Fracturing of Coalbed Methane Reservoirs Study on the impacts to drinking water wells from hydraulic fracturing.
- The State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources is working with the oil and gas industry to protect wildlife and mitigate the impacts of oil and gas drilling.
- The United States Geological Society (USGS) has published information regarding the technically recoverable oil and gas resources in the Denver Basin Province entitled Gas, Oil, and Water Production from Wattenberg Field in the Denver Basin, Colorado.
- Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) created an information page because of the public’s interest in and concern about the potential impacts of fracking on public health and the environment, including surface and ground water resources.
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website provides information regarding air, water and environment waste requirements.
- Developed as a project of the University of Colorado (CU) Law School’s Getches-Wilkinson Center (formerly Natural Resources Law Center), the website on best management practices is maintained through grants to CU and its partners.
Plugging and Abandonment
Plugging and Abandonment is done by an operator when a well is no longer producing.
Broomfield's inspectors monitor the work during plugging and abandonment. That process can be viewed here.
A map of the plugged and abandoned wells that were a part of the Extraction operator agreement can be viewed here.