Industry gets first crack at shaping new Colorado oil, gas rules

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

State kicks off series of meetings about new regs that give local governments more power by hearing from drillers

By Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post – July 7, 2015

Colorado’s oil and gas industry had the first crack Tuesday at offering input to state regulators on how to implement the two most sweeping recommendations from the governor’s oil and gas task force.

The recommendations aim to involve local government in planning and siting large-scale oil and gas facilities.

The about 30 industry representatives who attended the meeting stressed keeping the approach clear and flexible and relying on existing rules where possible.

There will be five more outreach sessions to gather the views of local officials and the public.

“We need to be hearing all sides before we put pen to paper,” said state Department of Natural Resources director Mike King.

The task force, created by Gov. John Hickenlooper to resolve land use conflicts between oil and gas operations and communities, offered nine recommendations in February.

Most could be implemented through budget allocations and staffing, but the local government requirements need new regulations from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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