The move effectively ends surface drilling in the city as Top Operating and Cub Creek Energy abandon several active wells and future drilling sites.
Cities have been trying to control oil and gas development within their borders since the Colorado Supreme Court struck down Longmont's and Fort Collins' bans in 2016.
The long-awaited change drew praise from Denver-based Western Energy Alliance, which sued to block the rules.
Even with advances and efficiencies, not every energy company can make it work in Western Colorado — the costs are just too high.
Depending on whom you talk to, the Broomfield plan was seen as a gold standard or a misguided plan in need to revisions.
Local governments are exploring what new levels of control they can exert without running afoul of state law.
Broomfield residents will vote next Tuesday in a special citizen recall election.
If a flowline isn’t regularly tested and properly abandoned, it can cause problems.
An April 17 home explosion in Firestone has renewed attention to the friction between expanding urban areas and oil and gas development.
Extraction Oil & Gas will now re-submit drilling plans for a meeting with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, July 24 and 25.