Colorado to define bigger role for local governments in oil and gas

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

Cathy Proctor – Denver Business Journal, June 19, 2015

The biggest recommendations to come out of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force in February called for requiring oil and gas companies to share more information with local governments before deciding where to locate new wells and support facilities or seeking the state’s approval for those locations.

Now, months after the task force disbanded, and weeks after some of the group’s recommendations moved forward as part of the state’s budget, Colorado officials are turning their attention to crafting the rules needed to implement those major elements of the task force’s final recommendations.State officials are launching a statewide tour to gather public input on the crucial details of will become the new regulations, according to a July 16 letter from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and obtained by the Denver Business Journal.

The letter said the COGCC will hold meetings in Brighton, Broomfield and in a town in Weld County. The commission also will hold meetings on the Western Slope and in La Plata County.

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