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Presenters:

Therese Gilbert, Trisha Golding and Gene Moore


LinktotheaudiorecordingfortheJanuary15,2015TaskForcemeeting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHdp7VVdT0k&feature=youtu.be
Thisgrouppresentationstartsatapproximately6:51:10.

Presenter:ThereseGilbert
Goodafternoonandletmethankyouforhearingourtestimony
today.MynameisThereseGilbertandIama22yearresident
ofGreeley.Iamateacher.MyfamilyhasbeeninCOsincethe
1880s drylandfarmingeastofLaJunta.Theysurvivedthe
DustBowlandmadeCOtheirhome.Asa4th generation
ColoradanIappreciateofthepreciousresourceswehaveinCO
andItreasuretheinvaluablebeautyofthisstate.

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Hereweseetheoil&gasdevelopmentalongtheFrontRange.
Denverisdowninthelefthandcornerhere.Thearrowis
pointingattheCityofGreeley.Allofthereddotsareexisting
drilledwells,thegreendotsareshowlocationsthathavebeen
permitted.

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HerewearegettingcloserGreeley,referredtoastheDonut
Hole,whereIlive. Therearecurrently22,000producingactive
wellsinweldcounty.

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Andhereweare.ThismapshowsthecityofGreeley.Wehave
about500activewellsinthecityandmanymorethathave
beenpermitted.Keepinmindthattherearetwicethatmany
withinGreeleysgrowthboundaries tuckedwithinafew
hundredfeetofthecitylimits.

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Andherewasthesiteofthewellproposedwith8blocksofmy
house.
Fiveorsixyearsagofriendsofminesharedthattheyhadleased
theirlandandwaterrightstoafrackingcompanyontheirfamily
farminruralWeldCounty.AtthattimeIfiguredthiswastheir
choice makingalittleextra$offthefamilyfarm butIwas
becomingawarethattherehadbeenproblemswiththe
process:Iheardstoriesofwatercontamination,airpollution,
andnotallwerehappywiththiskindofdevelopment.
IattendedaschoolboardmeetingDec.2011,whereitwas
decidedtoleasemultipleschoolsitestoaproducerwho
convenientlysatontheschoolboardatthetime.Therewasno
discussion.IthenlearnedthatUNChadalsosignedleasesprior
totheschooldistrictandwithinafewweeksIreceivedmylease
offerinthemail.
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Now,understand,IneverknewIevenownedmineral
rights. Whoknew? IliveinthehistoricpartofGreeley,a
neighborhoodofhomesbuiltintheearly1900s.Iremember
gettinginmycaranddrivingbytheproposedlocation;asmall
postagesizedpieceoflandrightsmackinthemiddleoftown8
blocksfrommyhouse. Ijustcouldntbelievehow37wellswith
tanks,separators,equipmentandsemiswerepossiblygoingto
fitonthislittlepieceoflandwithin300feetofthetraintracks,
350feetoflowincomeapartmentsalonga2laneroadjust3
blocksfromabusyintersection! Iwoulddrivebymultipletimes
tryingtomakesenseoftheproject. Itseemedludicrous!

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Hereyouseeevenbetterthelocation;completelysurrounded
byresidences.Itwascheaperfortheproducertochosethissite
becausetheywerethesurfaceowners.
So,Iwentonlineandstarteddoingresearchtryingtolearn
abouttheprocess.Iknockedonmyneighbor'sdoors,wentto
citycouncilmeetingstovoicemyconcernaboutplacingsucha
heavyindustrialprojectrightinthemiddleofaresidential
neighborhood onlytolearnthattherewerequiteafewwells
alreadydrilledintownandmanymoreplanned.

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Drillingindenseresidentialareasbecameanichemarketfor
someproducers;theydaredgowhereotherswouldnotand
residentstooktheriskwhiletheypulledtheprofit.
Thismapshowsthemultiwellproductionfacilitiesthathave
recentlybeenapprovedinourcity.

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Hereweseeamultiwellsitewithinafewhundredfeetofour
NationalHeritagesite somanywellsplacedrightwithinwater
shedsthatdrainintothePoudreandPlatteRivers.Youreally
can'ttakeawalkorbikeridealongthePoudreTrailwithout
seeingmanyofthebeautifulcondensatetanksdotingthe
landscape.Butifaestheticconsiderationswereouronly
complaint,wewouldbesatisfiedwithbermsandshrubbery
hidingtheugliness.Butitsmoreseriousthanthat.Thereare
seriousdatagapsonhowlivingclosetosomanywellsimpacts
ourhealth.Itswhatwecantseethatcanhurtus.

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AgainandagainIheardtherefraintheresnothingyoucando
aboutit.Thisisthe difficultyposedbypreemption:especially
sinceGreeleylosttheLundvallVosslawsuitin1992. Thereisa
commonperception bylocalgovernmentthatnothingthatcan
bedonetostopapprovedsites.
Soasneighborswemetandorganized.Wespentcountless
hourscanvassingneighborhoodsthatwereabouttobefracked
translatingdocumentsintoSpanishtoensurethatresidents
wouldbenotifiedandinformedaboutdrillingprojectsplanned
intheirbackyards. Weattendedeveryplanningcommission
hearing.Wemadeappealstothecitycouncil.Wedidour
research,heldpublicforumsandbecamewatchdogsforour
community.Thiswashowourorganization,WeldAirandWater,
wasborn.

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WeachievedasmallvictorywiththeMidtownsite.Aftertwo
yearsofcitizenpressuretheproducermovedthewellstoan
industrialzonedlocationfarmoreappropriatetotheactivity.
Theywerestillabletoaccessalltheirmineralsfromthenew
site.Understand,mitigationslikeelectricrigs,soundwalls,and
shrubberymaybehelpful,butthesecannotcompensatefor
wellsplacedininappropriatelocations!Thiscanandshouldbe
avoidedbyregulationsthatmakeadvancedcomprehensive
planningbetweenindustryandstateandlocalgovernmenta
requiredpractice.

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RecentlyIwenttotheschoolboardwhenIlearnedofavideoon
YouTubethatshowedvolatileorganiccompoundsleakingfrom
thecondensatetanksnearthehighschoolwhereIworked.
Youcanseethatthetanks,highlightedingreen,arewithin400ft
ofthetrack.

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Now,whenIsaynearthehighschool,thispictureofthe
graduationceremonyinMaylastyearshowsyoujusthowclose
thesewellshavebeenplacedrightnexttoourschools.

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[videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN_ABMiCQCk ]
ThisbigplumeisfilledwithVOCs.Itwaftsclosetotheground
wherewebreathe.VOCsareheaviercarboncompoundsthat
donotdissipateveryquickly.Thethermographer hasfollowed
theseplumesformiles.
ThecommunitywaspromisedbyCOGCCandtheoperatorthat
thesewellswouldhave"stateoftheart"technologycapableof
capturing98%ofVOC'sasaconditionof theirapproval. Now,
onlymonthsaftertheyweredrilledandfracked wehavethis
video,takenbyacertifiedthermographer,showingleaking
toxinsspewingoutofthetanks. Howcanwebereassuredthat
thesewellsposenorisktoourhealthandsafetywhenweare
toldtheseleaksareacceptablebyCOGCC! Thattheyoccur
multipletimesadaywhenevertheypullproduct?!? Weare
NOTreassured.Regulationsmaybeinplace,butwithout
monitoring,whatisthepoint?
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PresenterTrishaGolding:
Iappreciatetheeffortsofthetaskforcetotryandfindbalancebetween
industryandresidentialcommunities.
IamaresidentofGreeley,Ilivealittleover1,500ftfrommultiwellpad,Iam
MomtoadaughterwhoattendsFrontierElementarySchool,andIamalsoa
partofthesteeringcommitteeforFPG FrontierParentGroup,whoformed
afterlearningofaproposedmultiwellandtanksitebehindtheFrontier
Academyelementaryschoolplayground.Ibychance,foundoutaboutthis
proposalafterithadbeenapprovedbyCOGCConMay30,2014anditwas
twoweeksawayfromgoingtothepublichearingwiththecityofGreeley.

Theproposalwasfor67wells,32tanks,350ft awayfromthe
playground.350ft awayfromthefencethatmydaughterplaysby
everydayatrecess.
Iwasshockedthatsuchamassiveindustrialmultiwellcomplexcouldpossibly
beapprovedatthislocationnearourschoolandnexttohomesand
businesses.

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Thispictureshowswhattheconfigurationof67wellswouldhave
lookedlike.
Itrulythoughttheremustbesomemistakeandspentthenextfew
daysfranticallyresearching,onlytodiscoverthatitwasnota
mistake,itwasapprovedandnoonetoldparents;notCOGCC,not
ourcity,andnotourschool.Sadlythereisnolegalrequirementfor
ustobeinformedbecausewearenotthepropertyowners,even
thoughitisourchildrenwhoarebeingaskedtoassumeallthe
unacceptablerisksassociatedwithanindustrialsitejustfeetfrom
ourplayground,alongwithadjacentresidentsandbusinesses.

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Parentsandcommunitymembershavehadtotakealmostayearof
ourtimefightingthisproposal.InJune2014,theoperator
submittedanewlocationassessmenttoCOGCC,withthesitebeing
marginallyreconfiguredandslightlymovedbackfromtheschool.
Thisstilldoesnotsolvetheproblemsofnoise,industrialtraffic,
healthandsafetyrisksforourschoolanditcreatedadditional
problemsbymovingitclosertobusinessesandhomes,especially
consideringtheeightrecentoilandgasrelatedemergenciesinWeld
County.

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Frederick:April2014,threeunitsrespondedtoanoilstoragetank
fire. Anearbyschoolwasaskedtoshelterinplace.

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The2013wellblowoutinWindsorspewedover1,500ftandtook30
hourstocontain.TheWeldCountyEmergencyManagement
Director(RoyRudisill)stated,Ifthewellhadbeendrilledcloser
than1,500feetfromhomes,itwouldhavebeenagreaterhazardto
people.
Inthecaseofmydaughterselementaryschool,theplaygroundis
1,000ftfromthedrillsite.Iwouldhopethatwhenthetaskforce
looksatdistancebetweenmultiwellsitesandhighoccupancy
buildings,itisalsorecognizedtherearesensitiveoutdoorareasthat
areapartofthesestructuresthatneedtobeconsidered.Our
childrenaremostvulnerablewhentheyareoutatrecess.Wehave
manystudentswithasthmaandotherhealthconcerns.

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ThisisapicturefromtheGreeleyTribuneoftheLucernefirein
March2014.Ittook18firefightersfromthreemunicipalitiesfour
hourstobringitundercontrol.Ourschoolalreadypracticesdrills
foranarmedintruder,firesandtornados.Nowtheyarebeingfaced
withaddinganindustrialaccidenttothelist.Thankfully,this
incidenthappenedatasitethatprovidedanadequatesetbackfrom
homes.Accidentsdohappenandonethisclosetotheschooland
thesurroundingbusinessesandhomescouldquicklybecomea
terribletragedy.Distancematters.

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COGCCCommissionerDeAnne CraigstatedonAugust7th atthe


Longmonthearing,therearemanyconcernsandrisksassociated
withmultiwellsitesthatwerenotproperlyaddressedthelasttime
COGCCwentthroughsetbackdiscussions.Shealsosaid,Tome,
thisisaboutsafety.Thisisaboutmakingsureyoudontlosecontrol
ofseveralwells,anddistance,distanceisgoingtoreallymatter.
Particularlyifyouareinapopulatedarea. COGCCRule
604.c.(2)(e)(i)statesthatmultiwellsitesneedtobeasfaras
possiblefromoccupiedstructures.Itisagoodstartingpointto
addresstheissue,butfurthermeasuresneedtobeputinplace.

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COGCCrecentlyamendedtheirlocationassessmentapplications
requestingjustificationfromoperatorsonmultiwellsiteplacement,
butadditionalsitescontinuetobeproposedthatarenotasfaras
possiblefromoccupiedstructures.ThislocationisinWindsor,
calledthePacePad,andisplannedfor28wells,45tanksandother
relatedequipment.Therearealternatelocationsavailableforthis
tobesited,buttheoperatorhaschosentoplaceitinthemiddleof
twosubdivisions.Thisiswhyweneedgreatersetbackswith
advancedplanning.COGCCneedstoenforcetheasfaraspossible
ruleandrejectthesetypesofsites.

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TheCityandtheStateplaythefingerpointinggameofnotwanting
tobesuedbyeachotherortheoperator.Inthemeantime,itisour
childrenandthecommunitywhoareputinpotentiallyharmful
situationsandfacehavingahighlyindustrialneighbor.Wehave
spokentolargeroperatorswhohavesaidtheywouldnotdrillthese
locations.Nootherindustrywouldbeallowedtolocateinthese
sensitiveareas,butoilandgasisgrantedexceptions.Whenpoor
plansareapproveditcreatesabacklashfortheentireoilandgas
industry.Responsibledrillingbeginswithappropriatelocations
andpracticingmorecomprehensiveplanning.Mitigationsdonot
makeabadlocationgood.

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AsaMom,whenmychildrenareatschool,Iwantthemtobe
surroundedbyanenvironmentthatdoesnotsubjectthemto
unnecessaryrisksordisturbancesfromnoise,dust,emissions,and
industrialtraffic.Childrenspendsevenhoursattheirschooleach
day,tryingtolearnandenrichtheirlives. Theydeservetobesafe
andtheirhealthandwelfareprotected.Ourcommunityshouldnot
befracturedbylargeindustrialoperationswithmultiwellsand
tanksbeinglocatedinthemiddleofbusinesses,shoppingdistricts,
homesandschools.

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Presenter:GeneMoore
Greeleyresident,formernavycorpsmanandrespiratorytherapist.
LivesintheCenterofGreeley360ftawayfromaproposedmulti
wellsite.

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ProposedGilbertsite.Surroundedbyresidentialcommunities,
businesses,aparkandaschool.ThehaulroutegoesbyGreeley
WestHighschoolon24th street.Highschoolstudentstravelthis
roadmultipletimesaday.Thisisalimitedincomearea,thereare
residentstravelingthisroadonmotorizedscooters,manyinthis
areaarehandicapped.

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Proposed360ftawayfromlowincomehousing,lessthan500ft
fromhomes.ThesitehasbeenapprovedbyCOGCCfor16wells,40
tanksandrelatedequipment.

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Residentswillbeexposedtoemissionsincloseproximity.Thereare
residentswhoareonoxygenandhaveotherhealthconcerns.

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DistanceMatters.Inthisinstancedistanceequatesdirectlytotime;
reactiontime,escapetime,anddissipationtime.Peoplelivingin
thisapartmentcomplexdonothavetheluxuryofjumpingintheir
caranddrivingaway.Somerequireextensivesupporttoleavetheir
residence.
OurgreatestresourceinthisStateisnotfoundundertheground.
Itsfoundonthestreets,intheschoolyards,andinthebuildings
surroundingthesesites.Thatiswhereourfuturelies,not
underground.

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Presenter:ThereseGilbert
Inconclusion,weliveinGreeley,wegetit.Weunderstandthatoil
andgasisapartofourcommunity.Werecognizethatoilandgas
cannotbeexcludedentirelyfromourenergyportfolioatthistime,
aslongasairlineshavetoflyand18wheelershavetogetover
mountainpasses.Weshouldnotbeforcedtotakeonthe
unnecessaryrisksofhavingthesewellsplacedsoclosetowherewe
liveandbreathe.Weshouldnotbetheguineapigsinthis
experimentaslongasdatagapsexistregardingthehealthimpacts
oflivinginsuchcloseproximitytothesewells,leakingwells,andthe
industrialactivitythataccompaniesthem.
InGreeleywedidgatherover23,000signaturesonproposals88and
89.

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Weneedtorememberthecumulativeeffects.Thisisaviewlooking
westtowardsthemountains,whicharehiddenbehindthatbrown
cloud.

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Traveling40minutessouthofGreeleywecanfinallybegintoseethe
mountainsagain.

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Theeffectsoffrackingareongoingforthoseofuslivingbythewells.
Webelievethatweneedtodobetter,wecandobetterandwewill
dobettertogether.

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