Anthem Ranch, Broomfield
To contribute to our efforts, please send a check made out to “Anthem Ranch Community Association OGEG” to:
Anthem Ranch Community Association
16151 Lowell Blvd
Broomfield CO 80023
Please specify on the check that your contribution is for the Oil and Gas Education Group.
Anthem Ranch residents may also make contributions via cash or check at the Anthem Ranch lodge.
Extraction Oil & Gas is proposing an industrial-scale oil and gas drilling and production project near Anthem Ranch (an active adult community) and nearby neighborhoods in Broomfield, Colorado. Never before have so many oil and gas wells been proposed in such a tightly confined geographical area in close proximity to residential neighborhoods, schools and drinking water supplies. We are not challenging fracking. We are against large-scale residential fracking. If you would like more information or to assist with our efforts, please contact us at: AROilandGasUpdates@gmail.com.
Story: Dr. Susan Phillips Speece – NOT WHAT I PLANNED
My life-long dream was to live in Colorado, specifically to have a mountain home. As life would develop I was thrilled that my daughter caught the fever and moved to Colorado around 1999. Her presence here and the consulting work I did with the University of Northern Colorado gave me plenty of opportunities to visit Colorado. During one of my visits I came across Anthem Ranch. I loved the idea of the community, but was not quite ready to downsize so much.
When I retired I moved to Evergreen to have that mountain home. After two years in Evergreen, a community I dearly love, I realized that I needed to be a little closer to sea level and a little further away from almost year round snow. I am so glad I moved to Evergreen first, because then I was ready to move down the hill. I was not aware that Toll Brothers was building in Anthem so I looked elsewhere. I actually put an offer on a home, but backed out when I found out that two fracking wells were to be within 500’ of that home. As a scientist and as a former resident of Pennsylvania, I was acutely aware of the dangers and health issues that might develop with fracking. It was at that point that I became aware of Toll Brothers activities in Anthem Ranch. I knew of the quality homes that this Pennsylvania based company built and was excited to be able to select a lot on the south perimeter of Anthem Ranch. I knew that I would back up to the Northwest Parkway, but the traffic on the toll road was limited and I felt that the house would muffle much of the noise. Never in any of my dealings with Toll Brothers or Anthem Ranch was anything said about the possibility of fracking right behind my home on the south side of the toll road.
I love Anthem Ranch. I love the activities, the people, the facilities and the beautiful environment. To say that I am disappointed with the thought that what I thought would always be open space behind me could become an industrial site for fracking, is a gross understatement. I am not opposed to fracking per se, but I am opposed to industrial level of concentrated well fracking in small spaces so close to a very densely populated area. Working with LOGIC and our local community groups, it is my hope that we can minimize the risks and negative impacts behind my home. Colorado is too beautiful and special of a place to have the land pillaged for financial gains.
Story: Judy Kelly – KEEP OUR DREAM ALIVE
A few years ago, my husband and I decided to move to Colorado to be closer to my son and his family. As we searched across the Front Range for a house, we fell in love with Anthem Ranch. It was beautiful with a strong sense of community and many community activities; and it let us be close to our grandsons. We thought we had found paradise.
When we first started looking at moving to Colorado, we ruled out Weld County, because we didn’t want to live in an industrial zone where a bunch of oil and gas wells could pop up at any time. Anthem Ranch, a senior community, was the perfect community for us.
Little did we know that three years later our dream community would face neighborhood drilling of an unprecedented scale. We knew there were oil and gas wells around Broomfield, but the sites were small and hardly noticeable. We have learned over an “evolving plan” that Extraction Oil and Gas is currently planning four very large-scale oil and gas sites over a 4-mile stretch near residential homes, schools and a drinking water reservoir for as many as 140 wells.
We love our quiet community. We love living near our grandchildren. We did not imagine that when we retired and bought our home that our neighborhood roads were at risk of becoming industrial highways. It is hard to imagine how these huge industrial facilities fit with a set of residential communities. We love being able to take small two-lane backroads to run to the local grocery store. That will change with the endless truck traffic from these sites if this site is allowed to move forward.
My husband and I spent our lives working hard, and relished in the ability to retire here. We are concerned if four large oil and gas sites are allowed to go up near our neighborhoods, what will happen to the value of our homes? We have neighbors who are already talking about selling if these sites go up. Furthermore, I for one wouldn’t buy a home with over 80 wells within a mile of me. Spokespersons for the oil and gas industry will swear up and down that sites like this will not impact home values. Academic studies have shown otherwise.
This proposal has brought our community together to keep these proposals out of our neighborhood. From retired scientists to oil and gas employees to numerous other professionals working to make a difference, our neighbors and those in surrounding neighborhoods do not want to see this part of Broomfield become an industrial zone.
The Anthem Ranch Oil and Gas Education group has come together to keep these projects out of our neighborhoods. We are excited to be a part of LOGIC and connect with other Coloradans facing the same issues. It has given us hope. Can the State of Colorado ignore all of us? I hope not.