FRACKING IMMINENT

UNDER BOULDER

COUNTY OPEN SPACE

URGENT CALL TO ACTION:

The Extraction Oil and Gas Company has permits to drill 32 new fracking wells on land just southeast of Longmont.  This is land for which Boulder County owns a conservation easement.  The new horizontal wells would extend several miles west, across the county line into Boulder County and would remove oil and gas from under Boulder County’s Open Space.  Boulder County owns the oil and gas under this protected land and has been fighting Extraction on this “Blue Paintbrush” project in the courts.  Extraction is now using an unfair tactic called “forced pooling” to get the county’s minerals against its wishes.  If the COGCC approves the “forced pooling” application, taxpayers will have to help pay the costs of drilling, spills and accidents (projected to be $26 million) and drilling is expected to start this spring.  The COGCC will make a final decision at its March 8th hearing. That’s why we must convince the COGCC to deny Extraction’s forced pooling application and rescind the existing permits.  Here’s how you can help: 

ACTION #1: Submit a comment to the COGCC TODAY urging them to deny the forced pooling application and to rescind the Blue Paintbrush drilling permits. (Include Docket # 220700180)  Instructions on how to use the comment form here.  Sample letter you can use hereDeadline to submit comments to the COGCC is expected to be March 6th, 2022. 

ACTION #2: Send this “one click” letter TODAY to Governor Polis and the Boulder County Commissioners explaining how much we value our open space and don’t want it fracked.

ACTION #3: Attend the COGCC Hearing March 8th by zoom and give public comment. We need large numbers of passionate citizens urging the commissioners to abide by the new SB181 regulations and protect health and safety.  We demand that the COGCC deny the forced pooling application and rescind the Blue Paintbrush drilling permits. 

Permits approved to drill 32 new wells
UNDER BOULDER COUNTY's OPEN SPACE

The Extraction Oil and Gas Company has permits to drill 32 new fracking wells on land just southeast of Longmont.  This is land for which Boulder County owns a conservation easement.  The new horizontal wells would extend several miles west, across the county line into Boulder County and would remove oil and gas from under Boulder County’s Open Space.  Boulder County owns the oil and gas under this protected land and does not want it to be fracked. 

Extraction is attempting to force Boulder County into either 1.) leasing its rights to remove the fossil fuels from under its Open Space or 2.) compelling Boulder County taxpayers to help pay for the costs of drilling, spills and accidents (estimated to be more than $21 million) in exchange for getting 20% of the hoped for profits. 

Expecting that Boulder County would refuse to cooperate, Extraction already applied to the COGCC to use an unfair tactic called “forced pooling.”  If the COGCC approves the “force pooling” application, the taxpayer share of the project is projected to rise to about $26 million and drilling is expected to start this spring.  The COGCC will make a final decision at its March 8th hearing.

Fracking emits large amounts of toxic air pollutants such as methane, generates a lot of noise, which leads to loss of animal and plant habitats. Our health is connected to the way we treat our environment. The same air pollutants can lead to severe headaches, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, and birth defects.

Boulder County Commissioners’ page on historical timeline of Blue Paintbrush project ​HERE

Drilling Spacing Unit Map of Blue Paintbrush project HERE

Boulder County Parks and Open Space analysis of Extraction O&G offer HERE

Read Boulder County’s motion filed on Nov 21, 2022 to dismiss the “forced pooling” application HERE 

Read the 10/31/22 Yellow Scene article about the Blue Paintbrush project HERE

Read the 10/28/22 article from the Longmont Leader on the Blue Paintbrush Project HERE

July 5, 2022 letter from Extraction O&G company offering to lease Boulder County’s mineral rights for the Blue Paintbrush Project HERE

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