Help me overcome an irrational effort to recall me as your councilmember
Regarding my approach
"Hickenlooper applauded Broomfield for being the first community to successfully negotiate in a 'really good faith, constructive way' with oil and gas operators. 'I'm not sure that's happening in every county,' he said."
May 18th 2017 meeting with Gov. Hickenlooper
Full Article: Broomfield Enterprise
How did we get here?
Hiding behind others, a small group of people initiated a recall using unsubstantiated claims and half-truths about my Oil and Gas investments, positions and leadership related to Oil and Gas operations affecting our community. Those same people are angry because we didn't implement a moratorium. Other moratoriums have been tried and overturned or challenged.
Were mistakes made?
Absolutely. There are many opportunities to look at decisions from 2013 to today and determine that city council could have pushed for significantly more public input prior to a June 2016 MOU update. Council could have reviewed existing regulations to the most recently updated regional regulations, and council could have engaged in O&G Comprehensive Planning before we had an active application for a larger number of wells than anyone had envisioned. All of these are opportunities to learn. For me the question has been what did we do with those learning opportunities?
What can we do now?
My goal has always been to hold the oil and gas industry to the highest standards. Once council learned of the large planned operation in our community, I initiated through resolution, an oil and gas Comprehensive Plan Update Committee (task force) whose goal is to establish health, safety and operating standards that are intended to be a model for the State of Colorado, while updating Broomfield's Comprehensive Plan. While a moratorium could likely have lost previously negotiated best practices and protections, this task force is using the process that has the best chance to legally protect our community.
My commitment to the city and county we live in is my record. I have dedicated twelve years to Broomfield Government - starting on boards and commissions - and most recently with seven and-a-half years as your city council member. I love this community and have always worked to benefit our citizens.
Demands for O&G Operators