The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
March 15, 2013
**The Editing Committee working on proposed regulations for oil and gas development in Elbert County met Tuesday, March 12th. The
main topic of discussion centered around open pits for "flow back" or "produced" water. A representative from Southwest Energy
(SEPCO) made a presentation on the value of using open pits, emphasizing the reduced road usage by storing flow back water onsite
as well as the cost savings when compared with trucking the used water away.
The original version of the proposed MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) which is a contract between the county and the oil
operator, included a clause that did not allow open pits.....now, the committee appears to be leaning to allowing open pits as a result
of input from the industry......However, there are other solutions!
There will be a presentation on a process to clean the flow back water on site at the next meeting.....Tuesday March 19th.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM in the BOCC chambers in the county administration building in Kiowa. PLEASE PLAN TO
ATTEND. To learn more about this concept follow the link to an article about the dilemma created by an industry that requires large
quantities of water in areas that do not have plentiful water.......this is actually one of the most important issues when dealing with the
long term impact of fracking on communities and water supplies: CLICK HERE
Here is a link specifically describing the technology: CLICK HERE
We would not only encourage you to attend this meeting (comments were made by the committee at the larger than normal turnout at
the last meeting), but also bring prepared comments to share with the committee about your thoughts regarding having open pits to
store water that has already been used to frack a well. Email your commissioners as well.
Your attendance at these public meetings where regulations are being discussed is the only way to make your voice heard. The oil
and gas industry is represented at EVERY meeting......
Jill and Jim Duvall
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group)