The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
March 10, 2013
Hi All:

We have one issue to bring to your attention:

--The proposed regulations and MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for oil and gas issues in Elbert County are nearing completion.

There is a meeting of the editing committee scheduled for
Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 PM in the BOCC room at the Elbert County Administrative Building. One of the last issues being discussed is how to dispose of "produced water"--the fluid that is left over after fracking and returns to the surface.

The oil companies want to use open pits to collect and dispose of the fluids--they are making a strong push for that--others (including us) want to use a closed loop system to recover and dispose of these fluids.

The oil companies prefer open pits primarily for economic reasons--it is cheaper to use pits for evaporative disposal of recovered fluids than to use a closed loop/contained system.

The primary risks we see (and which have been expressed in other jurisdictions) are that the open nature of the pits can lead to: leaks that can affect ground water; harmful release into the air of vaporized fluid (they use a nozzle system to speed up the evaporation); potential for wildlife incidences for deer/birds/ground animals which would have harmful consequences to the animals or is our opinion that there are virtually no positive environmental impacts of using open pits.

The editing committee can't know your thoughts if you don't participate --
we would submit that using open pits (not considered best practices) would have as large a long term effect on our county as the water issues we all dealt with in the summer of 2011.

Please plan to attend this meeting and the planning committee meeting on April 4 -- tell your friends and neighbors that if they have an opinion on what they consider to be responsible oil and gas development, they need to attend.

We will keep you updated as additional meetings are announced.

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