Broomfield residents voice concern at city council meeting after Firestone tragedy

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- The Broomfield City Council hosted a public meeting on Tuesday night to update residents on the oil and gas inspection program, and to hear from concerned citizens.

“This is an attack on our lives and we have to be the ones to stop it,” one resident said.

“We need you to listen to us,” another added. “We should not be forced to move from our homes.”

The house explosion and fire in Firestone that killed two men has residents concerned it could happen in their community.

“The tragedy in Firestone was foreseeable and avoidable,” a resident said.

The city council had previously approved creating an oil and gas task force.

The Oil and Gas Comprehensive Plan Committee updated residents on its recent work, including oil and gas well inspection routines, use of infrared cameras, and reports from the five oil and gas operators in Broomfield.

“They’re going through all the data, all the reports, gone on field trips, getting all of the information they can so they can make a good plan for Broomfield going forward,” Mayor Randy Ahrens said.

Ahrens said the council received so much concern from residents after the Firestone incident that it moved the meeting up from later in the month.

“That’s the main reason that we’re meeting tonight, to let people know that we are serious about this,” Ahrens said.

Last week, the city council postponed indefinitely a vote on an oil and gas moratorium.

Some residents did not agree with that decision, and many who attended Tuesday's meeting asked for better and stricter regulations.