The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
April 14, 2013
Here is a quick update on the meetings involving the proposed oil and gas regulations for Elbert County. Sorry for the late notice:
--At the conclusion of last night's meeting, the committee had not completed the draft of the proposed regulations and MOU
(memorandum of understanding). Therefore, the committee will continue to work to complete the draft regulations at their next
meeting, Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 PM in the BOCC chambers.
--Since the draft regulations are not completed, the meeting on Thursday night, April 4th, will be procedural only--the regs will not be
considered. As it stands now, the next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for April 25th at 7 PM--this is the opportunity for
public comment. We will update you later in the month.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available
April 3, 2013
Items of interest.......
**The proposed Elbert County oil and gas regulations and MOU (memorandum of understanding) are ready for review by the
Planning Commission. Congratulations and thanks are in order to the editing committee which has been working on these (as
volunteers!) for close to two years. The regulations will be considered by the Planning Commission on Thursday, May 23rd
at 7 PM. There will be PUBLIC COMMENT at this meeting. Plan to ATTEND.
The regulations once approved, will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for final approval--there will be
PUBLIC COMMENT when they discuss the regulations. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 19--mark your
These two meetings will be your ONLY opportunities for public comment before the BOCC takes a vote. Please make your
comments known to support these regulations which will be the primary guidance and protection for oil and gas development when
is comes to our county and YOUR neighborhood.
**Four ECOGIG members went to the State Legislature last week to lobby in favor of state-wide bills which would offer more
protection than current state regulations for our county. Tony Corrado and Rick Blotter offered public testimony that specifically
spoke to the needs of our county particularly in light of the lack of funding in the more rural counties to provide monitoring of initial
oil and gas activity. This is another area we will be focusing on to bring needed statewide emphasis on more effective regulations
as oil and gas development impacts the more populated areas of Colorado, particularly in the western portion of Elbert County.
Contact us if this an area you will be able to participate in going forward.
**You have probably seen the news coverage of the ruptured pipeline in Arkansas during the past week. It is interesting to note the
extent that the oil company involved (Exxon) has gone to inhibit access to the news media. The article linked below points out why
our continued vigilance is necessary and the advantage the oil industry has over public information WHEN an accident/incident
Jill and Jim Duvall, co-coordinators
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Public Interest Group)