Vote Postponed on Oil, Gas Issues

November 28, 2018

Broomfield City Council decided to delay a vote on oil-and-gas-related legislation at Tuesday night’s council meeting — items that have been under consideration for months.

One of the new regulations would require 1,320 foot setbacks of new homes from oil and gas facilities. The other sets up a hearing process for residents who feel their complaints were not resolved.

In a memo, staff outlined what should be in a complaint petition, a deadline for filing and a deadline for issuance of the decision. It also included an option to use a hearing officer appointed by City and County Manager Charles Ozaki.

On July 10, city council adopted an ordinance that “ensures that oil and gas facilities are designed, modified, commissioned, constructed, equipped, operated, maintained, suspended, and abandoned in a manner that prioritizes the protection of human health, safety, and welfare.”

It included provisions on the location of proposed well sites and a requirement that operators conduct an alternative-site analysis.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, a study session was scheduled for Jan. 15 to discuss the ordinances. A vote could be taken at the Jan. 22 council meeting, depending on what is reached at the session.

Council voted unanimously to postpone the vote on the first reading.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios

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