Cathy Proctor Reporter-Denver Business Journal – May 1, 2013
Arapahoe County aims to walk the line between citizens’ concerns and the state’s authority in drafting new oil and gas rules, Commissioner Rod Bockenfeld told me a few weeks ago when I called to inquire about the county’s plans to handle a new round of industry operations in the county.
Conflict, even lawsuits, on the question of who’s in charge when it comes to local and state authority over oil and gas operations has been the norm in Colorado for the last few years.
But in some places, moratoriums and bans have given way to new kinds of agreements between local governments and oil and gas companies. I wrote about this new phenomenon, and DBJ subscribers can read all about it here.
Oil and gas operations aren’t new in Arapahoe County, but after decades of relatively little activity, energy companies have been taking another look at the area — and much of the Front Range — with the advent of horizontal drilling, coupled with hydraulic fracturing, that’s given a new lease on life to Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin north of Denver.
In Arapahoe County, staffers spent months meeting with representatives from the industry, the state and its citizens as the new rules were crafted.