During the 2019 Legislative session, the State Senate introduced a bill to “prioritize the protection of public safety, health, welfare, and the environment in the regulation of the oil and gas industry by modifying the oil and gas statute and by clarifying, reinforcing, and establishing local governments’ regulatory authority over the surface impacts of oil and gas development”. It was signed into law this past April.
Now, the regulatory body responsible for enforcing the new law, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is developing the administrative rules that govern how it’ll be implemented. As a part of this process, the COGCC must provide an opportunity for the public and all stakeholders to weigh-in.
The COGCC is hosting a hearing on Wednesday, August 21, at the Hotel Colorado Glenwood Springs to hear public comment on the new rules, which include a host of considerations designed to protect the public and the environment. The meeting starts at 9:00am but public comment begins at 11:25am. If you plan to give comments, you must register ahead of time, which you can do here. REGISTRATION CLOSES MONDAY AUG. 19 AT 10PM. Talking points can be found here. A fact sheet can be found here and the agenda can be found here.
(11:25am: General public comment)
1:00pm: Mission change of COGCC
2:00pm: Cumulative impacts of oil and gas
3:15pm: Alternative location analysis
4:30pm: Amending flowline rules
*IMPORTANT* The registration page offers four rulemakings sessions. If you plan to speak on wildlife and public lands, we recommend registering for the ‘mission change’ and ‘cumulative impact’ sessions.
We must keep up the work to make sure our Western Slope communities are protected under the new law. Join us in front of the COGCC to speak in support of the new rules and demand that the agency seriously review the impacts to wildlife and public lands as it develops the new rules. If you cannot attend in person, please submit written comments. This can be done at the bottom of the registration page for the corresponding rulemaking session, OR you can email your comments directly to Wilderness Workshop and we’ll submit them for you.