The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
March 1, 2013
Happy March!

Updates relating to our continuing interest in oil, gas and water in Elbert County:

--Thanks to one of our ECOGIG members for providing some welcome positive news.......the industry is developing fracking fluid mixtures that are more non-toxic than previous versions. While still in the early stages (according to the linked article), this is definitely one step in mitigating/reducing a portion of the environmental risk associated with an unplanned event (spill) involving oil exploration. Read more.....

This would make an excellent example of "best practices" to be brought up at the next several meetings detailed below--YOUR VOICE AND CONCERNS CAN'T BE HEARD IF YOU DON'T ATTEND.

--The proposed regulations and MOU (memorandum of understanding) for oil and gas development in Elbert County are beginning to take shape. Several meetings are planned that you will want to attend so your opinion is considered. The industry has begun to attend the meetings as well......

**The oil and gas editing committee is meeting on
Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 PM in the county administration building (in Kiowa). It has been suggested that there may also be a follow up meeting on March 12 and possibly on March 19 if needed. All of these are public meetings.

**The Planning Commission will meet on Thursday,
April 4th at 7 PM, currently scheduled in the county administration building, with the intent to vote on the final regulations. This is the meeting for public comment prior to the commission making their recommendation to the BOCC (Board of County Commissioners).

**The BOCC will consider the recommendations of the Planning Commission at the second meeting of the month on
April 24th at 9 AM. This will be an important vote on our futures as impacted by oil and gas development.

We want to let you know about what we see as a small impact of our continued involvement and keeping the discussions alive. In January of 2012, a few of us went to a meeting with the Governor's top aide. During the discussion, Jill presented information about the setback requirements imposed by both FNMA and FHA for residential mortgage lending. The aide was not aware of this information. Fast forward to the past month--the COGCC (which gets input and some oversight from the Governor's office), implemented new, statewide setback rules slightly exceeding (500 ft residential) those required by these national mortgage regulatory agencies. There were obviously other factors involved in the decision (public comment, work by other groups, setbacks in other states, input by the industry, etc.) but we believe that our factual input was important. This is why our "watchdog" group has value and can actually move the bar.

Thanks to all who stay involved and informed!

Jill and Jim Duvall
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group)