The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Feb 9, 2012
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
Email: jduvall908@aol.com
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Hi All:

There are several items to bring to your attention:

--We would encourage you to attend the legislative hearings at the Capital Building in Denver for:
**Tuesday, Feb. 14; 1:30 PM. Marsha Looper's bill to require recording of mineral rights upon property sales.
**Thursday, Feb. 16; 10 AM. Senate bill 088 which would allow the state rules to pre-empt local regulations on ALL oil and gas development issues.
Contact Rick Blotter if you wish to carpool to either event--303-621-2468 or email to rblotter@skybeam.com. Your presence WILL make a difference!!

--Boulder County has implemented a six month moratorium on Oil and Gas drilling to early August. Per the attorney who is assisting Elbert County in crafting our own regulations, counties DO have more rights than the COGCC wants us to believe.
-- ACTION ITEM: this would be a good subject to contact our Elbert County Commissioners to let them know your views on a moratorium for Elbert County. Citizen involvement and pressure is the only way to counter the overwhelming influence and advantage the industry has in this issue.

--In a related item: The Elbert County Planning Commission has begun the review process of the proposed regulations related to oil and gas development. There was a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, with approximately 75 people in attendance. Industry and citizen comments were heard. The Planning Commission deferred action at this time to allow Richard Miller (the county's planning director) to remove any duplicate regulations and establish an "editing" committee to add pertinent comments from the meeting into the regulations. There will be another meeting to review any changes and a chance for further discussion. 75 people is NOT ENOUGH REPRESENTATION --plan to attend the next meeting when it is announced. We have to get ahead of the industry's push to develop with minimal regard for health, safety and enjoyment of our properties.

--In another related item: Dave Neslin (head of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Committee--COGCC), who attended the January 26 planning commission meeting will be stepping down effective March 1. Tom Kerr, who made an ECOGIG presentation regarding "forced pooling" to us in late 2011, has been named acting director. More to come as events warrant.

--Nationally, Josh Fox, director of the Academy award nominated documentary "Gaslands", was arrested in Washington, D. C. while attempting to film a congressional hearing related to Oil and Gas--specifically, the issue being discussed was the EPA finding that water in Pavilion, WY has been contaminated by fracking operations. Here is a link for a more full explanation:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/house-republicans-order-j_n_1246971.html?ref=politics

--Finally; the next ECOGIG presentation will be a showing of the documentary "SPLIT ESTATE". From the movie's cover: "Imagine discovering that you don't own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine finding that you have little or no recourse to protect your home or land from such development. Split Estate maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health."

FRIDAY, FEB. 24 , 6:45 PM
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589 Banner ST, ELIZABETH, CO
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