Adams County residents vow to fight Broomfield over oil and gas wells in backyards

BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- It is one of the more controversial issues as of late in a county that's no stranger to oil and gas disputes.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, the Broomfield City Council voted to approve Extraction Energy's request to build dozens of wells.

However, it is Adams County residents who are  the most furious, upset the Broomfield wells will be near their homes.

"We are pretty devastated," said Megan Townsend, a homeowner who just purchased a home nearby.

Townsend said neighbors will continue to fight Broomfield over their decisions.

A group of residents has filed a suit alleging city council members had conflicts of interest with oil and gas companies prior to the vote.

But just because Broomfield approved the measure, it doesn't mean it is officially a done deal.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission must approved the request. It is scheduled to meet next week and Townsend said her group will be there.

"I don't give up," Townsend said. "We really hope that when it comes time to decide on approving these sites that they really think long and hard."

In a letter to investors Tuesday, Extraction Energy expressed its approval with Broomfield leaders, saying it will begin spudding the wells in Broomfield by the end of this year.

"This is a great outcome for the community, industry and mineral owners that allows for the safe and environmentally sound development of our high-quality leasehold in the Broomfield area," CEO Mark Erickson said.