Over the next few weeks, Broomfield will begin soil gas testing on abandoned oil and gas wells in Broomfield. This program will consist of Broomfield’s contractor, ERO, conducting soil gas screening around historically abandoned oil and gas wells in various parts of the City. Given the number of wells, testing is expected to last several months.
As the program gets started in late March, property owners with wells on or near their property, should expect to receive a request for access. The notice will provide the opportunity to permit ERO to access private property, typically yard areas, to conduct the screening in accordance with the protocols designed through consultation with the Broomfield, ERO, Extraction Oil & Gas, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to be able to provide consistent and comparable data. The request for access is entirely voluntary and should a response not be received, or access denied, the screening will occur without accessing the private property in question, using public rights-of-way and publicly-owned lands. Access to private property will allow ERO to get readings closer to the abandoned well sites and provide more accurate information. The actual screening activities are weather dependent and will be conducted between April and June. The results will be provided to the appropriate regulatory agencies and the property owner.