ad·vo·ca·cy ˈadvəkəsē/ noun 1. public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy
ACRE Recommends wording for draft Oil and Gas Committee Regulation
Mr. Mayor and Council Members/fellow citizens:
AURORA REPLACES CITIZEN OIL & GAS MEMBER WITH INDUSTRY FRACKING LOBBYIST (See response by Brad PIerce explaining his vote in this site's Blog section)
Aurora's Planning Council committee has voted in a Lobbyist for the Fracking Industry. The Aurora post was made open when a private citizen resigned from the city's Oil & Gas Committee. The Council committee has appointed Polly Page, a known pro-Fracking industry lobbyist who boasts on her Facebook page "likes" for Noble Energy and Jefferson County Energy Action Project, another pro-Fracking activist/lobbying group (see her "Likes banner at left). Her previous credits also claim support of a pro-coal industry group. Polly Page's latest pro-industry front is as co-chair of "AREA - Arapahoe Responsible Energy Advocates" . This group is an obvious attempt to steal presence from this ACRE site which serves to keep Aurora citizens aware of current energy front events, like this appointment of a known lobbyist. Note the Aurora committee is already packed with industry lobbying groups such as the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), and industry members such as ConocoPhillips.
This appointment represents yet another low-blow to Aurora's openness, transparency and respect for citizen views, as stated in numerous citizen speaches before council and messages to its members.
Au Contraire, mon Fraire: a citizen from Aurora's planned wellpad areas wrote to say that I had nothing good to say about Fracking, and that there are no wells under houses. To the contrary. I posit a balanced view about the industry as it is evolving in Aurora. I specifically take issue with ConocoPhillips' poor operating record as witnessed by a wellpad fire, and numerous state citations for soil runoff/poor environmental controls. That and their refusal to be good neighbors and do something to ease the visual impacts of their wells in our evolving rural landscape. And there are two new wells planned to run directly under houses just North of the Murphy Creek golf course as seen (below) - to the left in this post.
That said, here is my reply to my critic,
State inspector cites Operator for poor soil runoff practices (again)
Following two environmental citations in September, ConocoPhillips was cited again on Nov 5 for poor erosion control measures (Inspection # 673707743). The sediment control trap and culvert at their State Harvard Blanca well was not being maintained, and the road shoulder is at a very steep angle, leading to high speed runoff carrying soil off the site. Similar "Action Required" inspection results were logged by the State in September at another well site. The Nov 5 inspection also noted that the site's Frac tanks were not properly labeled with National Fire Protection Association signage. This was corrected while the State inspector looked on after calling out the infraction.
ADONEA Wells Bottom of Hole identified
After researching State COGCC permit records, ACRE has identified the planned "Bottom of Hole" location for ConocoPhillips wells neatest Adonea neighborhood. The wells start on the surface on Powhatan Rd, and runs nearly 2-miles to the West. They are about 8,000 feet deep at their endpoint near E-470.
Nov 7 Update: Adonea area neighbors form FACEBOOK page to foster discussion
A new Facebook page; East Aurora Community Development has been created as a forum for neighborhood groups in East Aurora, such as Adonea, that are near to the new Oil wellpads. Several members of this neighborhood rose to speak at the Nov. 3 Auroa Council meeting to protest the lack of public outreach to give information about the leasing of city land for mineral rights. The leasing measures passed 8 to 3 Monday night. Council Members Peterson, Markert, and Hunter-Holen spoke out and voted against the mineral leases, and the lack of proper public notice about them.
Conoco says it follows all State and Local Regulations in response to ACRE's finding of a Wellpad fire (Article below)