Welcome

Welcome to Erie Protectors! Thank you for visiting, we’ve created this resource to keep you informed about oil & gas activities in Erie, Colorado, and how residents are organizing to protect our town from their adverse effects.

There are a number of different ways to get involved, depending on your level of interest/commitment.

For More Information

If you’re just getting up to speed on fracking in and around Erie:

Once you’ve done these things, perhaps the most important thing you can do afterwards is ask one more person to do the same. Our community needs all its residents to be informed and aware.

Direct Action

If you’re ready to contribute and take a more active role:

Colorado Rising

The Erie Protectors are proud to stand with Colorado State Senator Matt Jones, Colorado House District 12 Representative Mike Foote, Erie Trustee candidate Christiaan van Woudenberg, and many others to officially endorse the efforts of Colorado Rising on a “2018 statewide ballot initiative petition to protect public health and safety from fracking by establishing 2,500 ft. buffer zones between oil and gas operations and occupied buildings such as homes and schools and other vulnerable areas such as water sources and playgrounds.”

Our statement of endorsement:

Given oil & gas operators are exempt from many federal laws and the COGCC exists only to rubber-stamp their activities, it is the duty of the people to rally in opposition to the onslaught of this industrial activity in our neighborhoods and on the environment. This measure is a meaningful step forward to protect the health and safety of the people of Colorado and the legacy we leave our children.

— Christiaan van Woudenberg, Editor-in-Chief, Erie Protectors.

Take the pledge to sign this ballot initiative petition once it is released!

Filing a Complaint

Keep a Log

Keeping a complaint log is important. Note the date & time, temperature, wind direction & speed, and relative humidity from a nearby weather station such as those available on Weather Underground

Identifying Your Facility

OperatorFacility NameFacility NumberLocation / Notes
OccidentalMae J466612North of Weld CR 10 between Weld CR 3 and Weld CR 5 (map).
Active hydraulic fracturing for 12 wells.
OccidentalPapa Jo / Shumaker452217East of Weld CR 3 and Weld CR 1 1/2 (map).
Fracking set to begin in March 2021 for 16 wells.
Crestone Peak ResourcesCosslett332117Southwest of Erie Parkway and I-25 (map).
Wells are in production.
Crestone Peak ResourcesMorgan Hills446290Southwest of Weld CR 3 and Weld CR 12 (map).
Wells are in production.
Crestone Peak ResourcesPratt434526West of Weld CR 4 and Weld CR 5 (map).
Wells are in production.
Crestone Peak ResourcesWaste Connections434375Northeast of Vista Parkway and Parkdale Circle (map).
Wells are in production.
Crestone Peak ResourcesWoolley Becky Sosa305447Northeast of County Line Road and Weld CR 10 1/2 (map).
Wells are in production.
Extraction Oil & GasCoyote Trails319094Northeast of Sheridan Pkwy and Weld Co Rd 4 (map).
Wells are in production.
Waste ConnectionsFront Range Landfilln/aEast of Weld CR 5 between CR 4 and CR 6 (map).
Active landfill, expected to operate until 2051.
You’re probably wanting to complain about one of these active sites in Erie; use the location, operator, facility name and number as your file your complaint.

Odor Complaints

If you suspect a gas leak in your home, get safely outside and call 911. See Xcel Energy for more information.

Otherwise, follow these steps:

  1. Call the Erie Police non-emergency number at 303-441-4444 and describe the location and potential source of the odor, in accordance with Erie Municipal Code Section 5-1-6 H which addresses odor nuisances.
  2. If you believe the odor is coming from the Front Range Landfill, contact Randy Tourville, District Manager at randyto@wcnx.org or 405-694-9727.
  3. If you believe the odor is oil & gas related:
    1. For Crestone-operated sites, contact the Crestone team at communityrelations@crestonepr.com or 303-659-7740 (emergency line).
    2. For Extraction-operated sites, contact Extraction at 720-370-5540 (emergency line).
    3. For Occidental-operated sites, contact the Oxy Response Line at 1-866-248-9577 or coloradostakeholder@oxy.com . The after-hours number is 970-506-5980.
    4. Review the instructions at http://cogcc.state.co.us/complaints.html#/complaints and file your complaint by following the “File your complaint HERE” link. Note the operator, facility name, facility number, and location from the table above.
    5. If you are a Weld County resident, contact the Weld County Oil & Gas Energy Department at oged@weldgov.com or 970-400-3580.
  4. Contact the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) at 303-389-1687 or visit http://www.colorado.gov/OGhealth. Make sure you note the exact place that you smelled the odor (not necessarily your home address).
  5. Send an email describing the problem to Town of Erie staff at erieoilandgas@erieco.gov .

Noise Complaints

  1. Call the Erie Police non-emergency number at 303-441-4444 and describe the location and potential source of the noise, in accordance with Erie Municipal Code Section 6-10-14 which addresses unlawful noise.
  2. If you believe the noise is oil & gas related:
    1. For Crestone-operated sites, contact the Crestone team at communityrelations@crestonepr.com or 303-659-7740 (emergency line).
    2. For Extraction-operated sites, contact Extraction at 720-370-5540 (emergency line).
    3. For Occidental-operated sites, contact the Oxy Response Line at 1-866-248-9577 or coloradostakeholder@oxy.com . The after-hours number is 970-506-5980.
    4. Review the instructions at http://cogcc.state.co.us/complaints.html#/complaints and file your complaint by following the “File your complaint HERE” link. Note the operator, facility name, facility number, and location from the table above.
    5. If you are a Weld County resident, contact the Weld County Oil & Gas Energy Department at oged@weldgov.com or 970-400-3580.
    6. If you are a Boulder County resident, contact the Boulder County Commissioners at https://www.bouldercounty.org/government/elected-officials/commissioners/contact-the-commissioners/ or 303-441-3500.
    7. Send an email describing the problem to Town of Erie staff at erieoilandgas@erieco.gov .

Health Issues

  1. To report your nausea and migraines, etc., visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment web site, where you can also file a complaint.
  2. Send an email describing the problem to Town of Erie staff at erieoilandgas@erieco.gov .

In All Cases

  1. Contact everyone who will listen. From our Making Yourself Heard page, contact all of the listed government and industry representatives.
  2. Share your plight on social media. Tag @ErieProtectors on Twitter. Use the #nodrillsnopipelines hashtag.
  3. Join the Erie Community O&G Monitoring group on Facebook.
  4. Like the Erie Protectors page on Facebook.

Making Yourself Heard

We understand how frustrating it is to file dozens of complaints with the COGCC only to have a representative state that the operators are working within legal limits. What else can you do?

Here’s a growing list of representatives in government and industry to contact. Most often, a phone call is the most meaningful way to reach out.

If you receive any sincere response from any of these representatives, we’d like to know!

Government Contacts

Local: Town of Erie

  • Send an email to the Erie Board of Trustees at bot@erieco.gov.
  • Call each of the trustees and leave them a voicemail. Detailed contact information is available on the Town of Erie website.

County: Weld County

Contact Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County District 3 County Commissioner at bkirkmeyer@weldgov.com or (970) 336-7204. Also see her website.

State of Colorado

For those living in Erie, it’s most likely that these are your House and Senate representatives, respectively. You may wish to confirm by using this tool.

Industry Contacts

COGCC
Main Office
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 801
Denver, Colorado 80203
Phone: 303-894-2100 Fax: 303-894-2109
Head of COGCC: Matt.Lepore@state.co.us
http://cogcc.state.co.us/about.html#/contacts

Anadarko
http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/NameList.asp?COID=6136

Crestone Peak Resources
http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/NameList.asp?COID=8260

Extraction Oil & Gas
http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/NameList.asp?COID=7854

About

Erie Protectors are a group of concerned residents of Erie, Colorado intent on protecting our families, our neighborhoods, and our town from the negative impacts of oil & gas development.