Six months after the Erie Board of Trustees narrowly rejected a proposal to ban new oil and gas drilling in the northern Front Range town, the town has reached a new “Memorandum of Understanding” with Encana Corp. that will govern future plans, says Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Gruber.
“We just finished the agreement with Encana,” Gruber said Wednesday at a meeting in Broomfield.
The Broomfield meeting included several dozen people, including state officials from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), local officials from Boulder and Larimer counties and 10 towns on Denver’s northern flank, as well as representatives from the energy industry and other stakeholder groups.
The meeting was called to gather input from local officials on how to increase the communication they have with energy companies before a decision is made on where to locate a new oil and gas well or support facility in a local jurisdiction.
More communication in advance of a siting decision was a key recommendation from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force in February.
Erie’s Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the agreement next week at its July 28 meeting, Gruber said.
After the meeting, Gruber said the agreement will be released to the public as part of the agenda package for the meeting. Erie officials said the packet should be posted to the town’s website on Friday. Gruber and town officials declined to release it in advance.