The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Feb 20, 2012
Hi All: There are updates we need to pass on to you:
**** The Elizabeth 86 Residential Metropolitan District, (one of Mr. Nyquist's groups) is scheduled for a court
hearing in March to determine if the District, WHICH WAS APPROVED BY COMMISSIONERS SCHWAB AND
SHIPPER IN SEPTEMBER 2010 , was filed with proper paperwork, etc. The approval of the district is referenced
in this Denver Post article:
If it was, then the district wants the court to "enter an order calling for an election of the eligible electors of the
district on the question of organizing the district and electing its initial board of directors...." The court hearing
will be on March 16, 11AM at the Kiowa Justice Center (Court House). We encourage attendance at the next
BOCC meeting (Wed., Feb. 22) to ask the commissioners to rescind the approval OR at the least , to reopen the
consideration of this Metropolitan district in light of Mr. Nyquist's recent attempt to create an unnecessary,
state-wide water district. The commissioners need to slow this down and reconsider the original approval.
THERE IS PRECEDENT THAT THE COMMISSIONERS CAN RECONSIDER THEIR EARLIER DECISION BASED
ON WHETHER IN FACT THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT IS SERVING THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
**** One of our ECOGIG subscribers has shared this book review on two books dealing with hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania. Very
much worth reading the review for more knowledge as to how "fracking" may affect any area that is involved in large scale drilling.
**** At the BOCC meeting this coming Wednesday, Feb. 22, there will be a presentation by a local cattlemens' association
encouraging the commissioners NOT to strengthen local regulations regarding oil and gas development--their position is that the
state regulations of the COGCC (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) are adequate for all situations. We encourage all of
you who want to see more focused regulations, designed specifically for our unique situations in Elbert County, to attend the meeting
at the commissioners' meeting room in Kiowa at 9 AM. We would like to respectfully suggest to the larger land owners that we are
not necessarily against development of oil and gas in Elbert County--however, "one-size-fits-all" regulations currently offered by the
state do not impact small acreages in Elbert County the same way they impact a cattle operation of many thousands of acres. We are
in need of regulations that protect the needs of the smaller land owners while also allowing development on the larger holdings if
the mineral owner wishes to do so.
**** Reminder: we will show the documentary, "Split Estate" on Friday, Feb. 24, at Frontier High School in
Elizabeth (on Banner St) at 6:45PM. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to ECCO. See you there.