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Oil and Gas Information

Summary of Longmont's oil and gas regulations

Activities

Over the past year, the City has been involved in a variety of activities related to oil and gas including the following:

 

Public Meeting Timeline

The following is a timeline of public meetings held or to be held by the City related to oil and gas activities:

October 17, 2011

Water Board – Discussion of oil and gas mineral exploration (Agenda item 7a)

Water Board meeting agenda October 17, 2011, agenda item 7a.pdf

Meeting minutes

Water Board meeting minutes October 17, 2011.pdf

October 19, 2011

Board of Environment Affairs – Discussion of oil and gas extraction and seismic exploration Meeting minutes [LINKS NOT AVAILABLE]

November 14, 2011

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – Oil and gas exploration

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/comm_involve/board/agendas/2011/111411.htm

Meeting minutes [LINK NOT AVAILABLE]

November 15, 2011

City Council - Presentation on oil and gas issues

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2011/documents/111511_5B.pdf

The City of Longmont is located on the western edge of the Greater Wattenberg Field (pdf map 1) (GWF), where there continues to be an increasing interest in development of new oil and gas wells. At the present time, over 24,000 wells sites currently exist.

The City of Longmont owns various parcels (pdf map 2) of land in Weld County where oil and gas leases (pdf map 3) existed on the property prior to the property acquisition by the City. The City has not entered into any new oil and gas leases on City owned property following the acquisition of any of the properties. In addition, there are a total of 10 existing oil and gas wells on City owned property that existed at the time the City acquired the property.

The City has been contacted by oil and gas developers about the potential of drilling wells on the City owned property where the developers either own the mineral interests or they have an existing oil and gas lease that preceded the City acquiring the property.

In Colorado, oil and gas wells are permitted and regulated by the State of Colorado through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which is a division of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

At the November 15, 2011 City Council meeting, general information was presented to help educate City Council and the community on the issue of oil and gas exploration primarily as it relates to City owned property in Weld County. Presentations were made by staff, as well as representatives from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, and Longmont's special legal counsel on oil and gas issues.

The presentations were informational and educational only, and no action was taken or decisions made at that meeting.

The following links will provide the information presented at the meeting and a video of the November 15, 2011 City Council Meeting.

November 15, 2011 City Council Meeting Video Archive - http://65.49.32.143/psportal/public/longmontcouncil/webcast.aspx

Council Communication - General Information on Oil and Gas Development and Operations – November 15, 2011 http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2011/documents/111511_5B.pdf

Presentation Material

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November 16, 2011

Board of Environmental Affairs – Discussion of oil and gas extraction and seismic exploration

Meeting minutes [LINKS NOT AVAILABLE]

November 28, 2011

Water Board – Discussion of oil and gas exploration issues (Agenda item 8a)

Water Board meeting agenda November 28, 2011, item 8a.pdf

Meeting minutes

Water Board meeting minutes November 28, 2011.pdf

December 7, 2011

Special presentation of oil and gas issues to the Board of Environment Affairs, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Water Board

A special public presentation on the oil and gas industry's impact to the Longmont community was held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in the City Council Chambers. The presentation was very similar to the information presented to the City Council on November 15 (see above). Unlike the Council meeting, the public did not have an opportunity to speak at this presentation but there was an opportunity to submit written comments to be shared with City Council members.

Video of the Special Oil and Gas Presentation from December 7, 2011

Presentations [PPT]

Meeting video [LINK]

December 12, 2011

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – Discussion of oil and gas exploration issues (Agenda item 5A)

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/comm_involve/board/agendas/2011/121211prab..htm

Meeting minutes [LINK NOT AVAILABLE]

December 19, 2011

Water Board – Discussion of oil and gas exploration issues (Agenda item 7b)

Water Board agenda December 19, 2011, item 7b.pdf

Meeting minutes

Water Board meeting minutes December 19, 2011.pdf

December 20, 2011

City Council - Presentation of oil and gas issues and discussion of moratorium regarding accepting and processing applications related to oil and gas activities

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2011/documents/122011_11B.pdf

Council Communication - Additional Information on Oil and Gas Development and Operations - December 20, 2011

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2011/documents/122011_11B.pdf

The following link is to information staff received from research of public records by residents living along the west side of Union Reservoir. They have included a cover letter along with a series of correspondence regarding contamination in the vicinity of the Rider Family Trust well which is located on private property north of Trail Ridge Middle School. The information includes an enforcement action taken by the COGCC against TOP operating dated September 17, 2008 requiring remediation of the contamination. It appears that the site remediation is not yet completed based upon the most recent reports on file with the COGCC.

Additional Public Information on Oil & Gas

Council will recall that the City closed on the Bogott and Sherwood properties at the end of 2010. As part of the City’s diligence to acquire the properties, Terracon Consultants was hired to conduct a limited site investigation as part of the overall phase 1 environmental audit which the City routinely completes with each property acquisition. The site investigation consisted of drilling 13 soil borings along with soil and water sampling and testing in the vicinity of each of the existing oil and gas wells on both properties. The investigation identified two well borings where the levels of gasoline and diesel fuels exceeded the COGCC soil standards, and one test boring well on the Sherwood property where the levels of benzene was reported at .55 mg/kg in a soil sample, which exceeds the COGCC standard of .17 mg/kg. Benzene was also reported in a ground water sample from the same test hole at 110 micrograms/liter, which is above the COGCC regulatory standard of 5 micrograms/liter. Staff is working with the operator, the COGCC to remediate the contamination. Staff is also conferring with Terracon to conduct similar site investigations at all oil and gas wells on City property.

Bogott and Sherwood properties site assessment

Slides of Water Use Estimates - Phil Doe & Weston Wilson

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

December 21, 2011

Board of Environmental Affairs – Discussion of oil and gas extraction and seismic exploration (Agenda items 5C and 5D)

Board of Environmental Affairs meeting agenda December 21, 2011.pdf

Meeting minutes

Board of Environmental Affairs meeting minutes December 21, 2011.pdf

 

January 10, 2012

City Council - Introduction and 1st reading of Ordinance O-2012-06 regarding a 120 day moratorium on accepting and processing applications related to oil and gas activities

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/011012_9C.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

January 18, 2012

Board of Environmental Affairs – Discussion of oil and gas regulations

Board of Environmental Affairs meeting agenda January 18, 2012.pdf

Meeting minutes

Board of Environmental Affairs meeting minutes January 18, 2012.pdf

January 24, 2012

City Council meeting - 2nd reading and public hearing of Ordinance O-2012-06 regarding a 120 day moratorium on accepting and processing applications related to oil and gas activities

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/012412_8C.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

February 6, 2012

Community open house

Combined board meeting (Board of Environmental Affairs, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Water Board) - Discussion of oil and gas issues, update on oil and gas regulation revisions, and polling survey of public and board members

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/comm_involve/documents/finalpacket020612.pdf

Survey summary [PDF]

Meeting video: Combined Board Meeting - View Video

(Note: The video run time is approximately 3 hours, not 5 hours 54 minutes as indicated. Thank you.)

February 15, 2012

Board of Environmental Affairs – Oil and gas regulations update

Board of Environmental Affairs meeting agenda February 15, 2012.pdf

Meeting minutes

Board of Environmental Affairs meeting minutes February 15, 2012.pdf

February 15, 2012

Planning and Zoning Commission - Public hearing on draft oil and gas regulations

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/planning/pz/agendas/2012/021512.htm

Meeting minutes

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/planning/pz/documents/021512finalminutes.pdf

Meeting video

http://65.49.32.143/psportal/public/longmontzoning/webcast.aspx

February 21, 2012

City Council - Discussion of draft regulations and recommended 60 day extension of moratorium

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/022112.htm

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

February 28, 2012

City Council - Introduction and 1st reading of Ordinance O-2012-17 regarding a 60 day extension to the moratorium on accepting and processing applications related to oil and gas activities  

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/4A-OilGasMoratoriumExtension.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

March 27, 2012

City Council - 2nd reading and public hearing on Ordinance O-2012-17 regarding a 60 day extension to the moratorium on accepting and processing applications related to oil and gas activities

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/032712_8B.pdf

Information item update on oil and gas activities

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/032712_INFO.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

April 17, 2012

City Council – Discussion of version 2 of the oil and gas regulations update

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/041712_5B.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

May 7, 2012

Community forum hosted by COGCC and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

May 8, 2012

City Council - Introduction and 1st reading of Ordinance O-2012-25 regarding oil and gas regulations update (Agenda item 9A)

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/050812.htm

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

May 22, 2012

City Council:

2nd reading and public hearing on Ordinance O-2012-25 regarding oil and gas regulations update (Agenda item 8A)

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/052212.htm

Introduction and 1st reading of Ordinance O-2012-36 regarding a 45 day extension to the moratorium on accepting and processing applications related to oil and gas activities [LINK NOT AVAILABLE]

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

June 5, 2012

City Council - 2nd reading and public hearing on Ordinance O-2012-36 regarding a 45 day extension to the moratorium on accepting and processing applications related to oil and gas activities

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/060512_8A.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

July 10, 2012

City Council – Discussion of modifications to Ordinance O-2012-25 regarding oil and gas regulations update

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/11C_071012.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

July 17, 2012

City Council:

Public hearing and adoption of Ordinance O-2012-25 regarding oil and gas regulations update (Agenda item 8A)

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/071712.htm

Consideration of agreements with TOP Operating Company regarding oil and gas leases, property purchase and operating standards

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/071712_11A-SupplementalInfo.pdf

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

August 28, 2012

City Council – Consideration of Resolution R-2012-67 regarding a municipal election to be held Tuesday, November 6, 2012, concerning an amendment to the Longmont home rule charter to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, and the storage in open pits or disposal of solid or liquid wastes created in connection with hydraulic fracturing in the City of Longmont. (Agenda item 9F)

http://webapp.ci.longmont.co.us/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=53&doctype=AGENDA

October 9, 2012

City Council – Introduction and 1st reading of an ordinance regarding mineral leases and property purchase agreements with TOP Operating Company

October 23, 2012

City Council – 2nd reading and public hearing on an ordinance regarding mineral leases and property purchase agreements with TOP Operating Company

Oil and gas regulations update

The City’s oil and gas regulations were originally adopted in 2000. On December 20, 2012, City Council directed staff to initiate work on updating the regulations. The initial draft of the oil and gas regulations amendments was presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission on February 15, 2012. The City Council reviewed the amendments at public meetings on February 21, 2012, April 17, 2012, May 8, 2012, May 22, 2012, July 10, 2012 and July 17, 2012 (see meeting links above). City Council approved Ordinance 2012-25 regarding oil and gas regulations amendments on July 17, 2012 (Agenda item 8A)

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/071712.htm

Summary of Longmont's adopted oil and gas regulations

Meeting minutes [LINK]

Meeting video [LINK]

Approved oil and gas regulations amendments

Ordinance O-2012-25 [PDF]

Oil and gas regulations summary

The following table provides a summary of the City’s prior regulations and the amendments approved with Ordinance O-2012-25

[TABLE]

Oil and gas regulations litigation

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) filed a complaint for declaratory relief on July 30, 2012 in Boulder County District Court regarding certain aspects of the adopted amendments to the City’s oil and gas regulations.

COGCC Complaint [PDF]

Parties interested in following this case can access court documents through the LexisNexis website (requires a subscription): [LINK]

Existing oil and gas well monitoring, testing and remediation

The City has investigated existing oil and gas wells on City owned property. In addition, the existing privately owned Rider 1 well on the Rider property has been subject to monitoring, testing, and remediation for a number of years. The following documents include monitoring, testing and remediation efforts on wells within the City or owned by the City.

**View the First Quarter 2013 Monitoring Report**

Designation of outside activity areas by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)

The COGCC has the authority to designate outside activity areas for protection from oil and gas activities. At the City’s request, the Sandstone Ranch baseball and softball fields were approved by the COGCC as designated outside activity areas in 1991. At the time the soccer/multi-use fields were not included in the COGCC’s designation because construction was not complete on the fields. The City recently applied to the COGCC to expand the Sandstone Ranch designated outside activity area and to have the Union Recreation Area approved as a designated outside activity area. The COGCC approved the designations on August 20, 2012.

Original Sandstone Ranch COGCC order – [PDF]

Sandstone Ranch COGCC order – [PDF]

Union Recreation Area COGCC order – [PDF]

Negotiation of master contract, operator agreement, and mineral leases and property acquisition agreements with TOP Operating Company

The City negotiated a master contract and operator agreement with TOP Operating Company for  oil and gas well and production facility locations, oil and gas leases, and property acquisition. The contract and agreement were approved by City Council on July 17, 2012.

http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/agendas/2012/documents/071712_11A-SupplementalInfo.pdf

Mineral leases and property acquisition agreements with TOP Operating Company are scheduled for consideration by City Council on October 9 and 23, 2012.

Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont Citizen’s initiative

On August 28, 2012 City Council passed Resolution R-2012-67 regarding a municipal election to be held Tuesday, November 6, 2012, concerning an amendment to the Longmont home rule charter to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, and the storage in open pits or disposal of solid or liquid wastes created in connection with hydraulic fracturing in the City of Longmont. (Agenda item 9F)

http://webapp.ci.longmont.co.us/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=53&doctype=AGENDA

Abandoned Wells

There are currently 16 plugged and abandoned wells, 3 dry/drilled and abandoned wells, and 19 abandoned locations (never drilled) within the City limits. The City retained Terracon Consultants, Inc. to assess abandoned wells within the City and prepare a report. The report addresses 14 plugged and abandoned wells and 3 dry/drilled and abandoned wells. Click here to view report -Research Summary Report - Plugged and Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells

State activities related to oil and gas

Governor’s Task Force on Cooperative Strategies Regarding State and Local Regulation of Oil and Gas Development

http://dnr.state.co.us/taskforce/Pages/home.aspx

Setback Review Stakeholders Group

http://cogcc.state.co.us/library/setbackstakeholdergroup/SetbackStakeholderGroup.asp

Related links

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) website: http://cogcc.state.co.us/

FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry website: http://fracfocus.org/

University of Colorado Law School Natural Resource Law Center Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project:

http://www.oilandgasbmps.org/laws/colorado_law.php#wattenberg

http://www.oilandgasbmps.org/laws/colorado_localgovt_law.php

Colorado Department of Local Affairs oil and gas webpage: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DOLA-Main/CBON/1251611058182

Boulder County oil and gas webpage: http://www.bouldercounty.org/dept/landuse/pages/oilgas.aspx

Colorado Geological Survey - Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Niobrara Formation

http://geosurvey.state.co.us/energy/Oil/Pages/NiobraraCalculationTool.aspx

Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont website: http://ourlongmont.org/

Longmont ROAR website: http://longmontroar.org/

Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) website: http://www.coga.org/

Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) website: http://www.coloradopetroleumassociation.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 



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