ACTION: Protect Broomfield from Fracking
Broomfield City Council
Please help stop fracking in Broomfield neighborhoods by signing and adding your comments on this petition and come rally to support Broomfield's health and safety at the City Council Meeting this Tuesday, February 28th. Arrive by 5pm if possible before the council meeting from 6-9pm at 1 DesCombes Dr, Broomfield, CO 80020
Broomfield residents are fighting to protect their neighborhoods as Extraction Oil and Gas pushes the city council to permit an unprecedented 139-well industrial complex close to homes and a drinking water reservoir near 160th Ave., between Sheridan Parkway and I-25. Broomfield officials have said that Extraction misled the city on the number of wells originally proposed, and Extraction has been sued on charges of failing to use promised safeguards in their operations in Greeley.
Extraction’s massive project would place the people of Broomfield at risk of dangerous air emissions, spills, water contamination, fires, and explosions. The city council must resist the industry’s forceful lobbying power, legal threats, and questionable promises.
It is critical, not only to Broomfield but to all Coloradans that the council do everything in its power to protect the health, safety, and rights of its citizens first and foremost. If Broomfield succumbs to the industry’s demands, the council's failure would likely create new risks for other communities by emboldening the industry to increase the size and number of hazardous drilling sites near homes and schools statewide.
Please sign and share this petition asking the council to serve the health and safety needs of the people of Broomfield first and foremost by using every available strategy to stop this massive drilling project. Voting to delay further decisions on the project would allow the city time to investigate Extraction’s safety record and methodologies, and to identify new ways to protect its residents.
Please send your message now and come rally in solidarity with concerned Broomfield citizens before the council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Note: Adding your comments and sharing this alert will vastly increase effectiveness.
Thanks very much for supporting a safe and healthy Colorado environment!
-North Metro Neighbors for Safe Energy
Broomfield City Council
From: [Your Name]
Dear Broomfield City Council members,
I am grateful to the Broomfield City Council for considering a six-month moratorium on oil and gas development, including Extraction’s dangerous plan to place 139 wells close to homes and a drinking water reservoir. The moratorium proposal reflects the council’s appreciation of the potential health and safety threats posed by Extraction’s massive industrial project, and it is an appropriate response to Extraction's questionable promises and practices.
It is essential to the wellbeing of the community that you delay further decision-making on Extraction's proposal at your meeting on February 28th. Postponing your decision will allow Broomfield’s council and agencies the time needed to 1) fully investigate the city's legal options, 2) push for state legislation for local control and more protective setbacks, 3) update the Comprehensive Plan, 4) investigate Extraction’s safety record and methodologies, and 5) learn the results of lawsuits charging Extraction with failure to deliver promised safeguards at its operations in Greeley and with violating agreements with Colorado mineral rights owners.
Broomfield officials have stated that Extraction misled the city on the number of wells in its plan and the company is in questionable financial condition. And as we know from Erie’s experience, MOUs between local governments and operators can be very difficult and costly to enforce. More time is needed to investigate these factors before making decisions that will affect citizens for years to come.
Your decisions on Extraction’s proposed project may be the most important decisions of your term. Your constituents, as well as people living in neighboring communities, need you to stand up and resist the industry’s massive lobbying power, legal threats, and dubious promises. Your duty is to protect the health and safety interests of the people of Broomfield first and foremost, by protecting their air, water, and democratic rights. What happens in Broomfield will affect other communities across the Front Range and throughout Colorado. It is imperative to avoid setting a new precedent that would embolden the industry to increase the size and number of hazardous drilling sites near homes and schools throughout the state.
I urge you take additional time to consider every aspect of this issue and to work assertively with Colorado legislators to change Colorado law to 1) establish protective setbacks that prevent drilling dangerously close to homes, schools and water sources and 2) affirm the right of communities to protect themselves from hazardous drilling operations.