Douglas County aims for uniform oil and gas regulations

County RegulationsRhonda Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012

Douglas County Commissioner Jack Hilbert had a long learning curve on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force and he hopes to bring that lesson to the table for county residents.

Hilbert spent eight weeks on the governor’s task force, which aimed to create a better line of communication between government entities and the oil industry. Hilbert learned the industry, through the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, provides detailed drilling information on its website.

It’s just a matter of learning how to navigate your way around it, Hilbert said. Navigation is the key for government entities such as Douglas County, which face the possibility of drilling operations as oil companies file drilling unit applications, the first step after an operator has secured access to mineral rights.

As municipalities brace for the possibility of drilling operations in different parts of the county, Hilbert, through the Douglas County Partnership of Governments, launched plans to adopt a memorandum of understanding between Douglas County and its municipalities for uniform oil and gas regulations.

“It just makes sense for the sake of our residents to have the same regulations across the board,” Hilbert said. “That way no matter where you live in the county we don’t have this confusion at the edge of every town confusing the citizens who live in that area.”

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