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Posted on: March 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Municipal Court Rehearing Extraction Burrowing Owl Case - March 3, 2020, Update

Municipal Court Rehearing Extraction Burrowing Owl Case - March 3, 2020, Update

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the court issued an order, linked here, granting the City and County of Broomfield’s motion to reconsider the dismissal of a burrowing owl case involving Extraction Oil and Gas. 

In 2019, the City and County of Broomfield issued citations to Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. and Crestone Peak Resources regarding code violations related to wildlife impacts. Extraction was cited for disturbing animals under Broomfield Municipal Code Section 12-28-250, which prohibits anyone from disturbing animals in Broomfield’s parks and open space.  In 2018, while working on a legacy well site, Extraction’s agents allegedly operated heavy equipment over the tops of prairie dog burrows used by burrowing owls in the Nordstrom Open Space. 

On July 7, 2019, Broomfield cited Extraction for violation of Section 12-28-250, B.M.C., for disturbing burrowing owls. The municipal court dismissed this action on January 7, 2020.  It is this dismissal that is now being reconsidered by the court. Broomfield will notify the public when a hearing date on this matter is set. 

Broomfield as a community considers protection and preservation of its wildlife resources to be an important value and these ordinances are adopted to protect our wildlife.

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