Broomfield Colorado April 11,2013
Broomfield to postpone hearing on North Park fracking application
After a group of protesters asked the City Council to place a moratorium on fracking in Broomfield, the council has decided to postpone a meeting with a company seeking approval to drill several new natural gas wells.
The council is expected to reschedule a meeting with oil and gas applicant Sovereign, which wants to drill several new natural gas wells in Broomfield’s North Park area. That meeting was originally meant to take place April 23 but now will be held at a later date.
The council did not agree to a fracking moratorium at Tuesday’s meeting, but council members said postponing the hearing with Sovereign would give them more time to have a study session to refresh their knowledge of fracking and other oil and gas drilling issues.
The study session on April 16 is open to the public, but the study session format does not allow for public comment.
The study session is also meant to help council members prepare for a yet-to-be -scheduled town hall meeting, where council members, stakeholders and community members can talk openly about fracking issues.
The town hall meeting, which council members proposed in response to protesters who spoke at the Tuesday meeting, is meant to serve as a public forum for concerned residents. The date has not yet been scheduled but will be sometime after the April 16 study session.
The town hall will be an “information exchange between citizens and city and county,” said councilman Todd Schumacher, who proposed the town hall meeting idea.
The main group of fracking protesters, who call themselves Don’t Frack Broomfield, said fracking is harmful to the community because of potential air and water pollution and impacts on traffic safety and home values.
The group has started a change.org petition and a Facebook page.
“Do the right thing for my family and place an immediate moratorium on fracking in Broomfield,” said resident Jackie Houle, a member of the group.
Before postponing the April 23 meeting with Sovereign, the City Council was expected to approve plans for four new natural gas wells on a 16.7-acre property south of West 160th Avenue and west of Sheridan Parkway, named the Brozovich site. This site already has one existing well.
The council also was expected approve plans for 17 other wells at two additional locations in North Park.
Those include the Nordstrom and Memorial sites.
The Nordstrom proposal calls for 11 natural gas wells on an 182-acre existing well site north of West 160th Avenue and east of Sheridan Parkway.
The Memorial proposal calls for building six new natural gas wells on a 50-acre site south of Colo. 7 and west of Interstate 25. Memorial has no existing wells on site.