The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
Email: jduvall908@aol.com
May 5, 2013
Hi All:

There are ongoing issues and information in the oil and gas world. It is our intent to highlight a few items once or twice per month; however, the best advice we can provide is to set up a schedule of your own (daily/weekly/bi-weekly) where you check on recent activities in the oil and gas world affecting Elbert County, the Front Range and Colorado. We cannot provide you all the information you will need to stay informed, but we are committed to offer what we can, when we can.

A few sources for your use:
-- www.denverpost.com. A Good source to search for articles affecting the Front Range
-- http://cogcc.state.co.us/. This is the website for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. You can research regulations and view any pending permits to drill.
-- https://www.facebook.com/Ecogig?ref=ts&fref=ts. Follow ECOGIG on Facebook
-- http://www.niobraranews.net/. This site pertains to the oil and gas play in Colorado and Wyoming that will directly affect us.

**An article in Sunday's Denver Post points out the forces at play even in an oil-friendly area such as Greeley. A new proposal to drill IN THE CITY LIMITS is facing opposition from the residents who will be directly impacted:

http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_23174358/drilling-gung-ho-greeley-hits-opposition-near-west

**A recent study released by the EPA indicated there may be LESS methane escaping during drilling processes involving Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) than previously thought--this article from Newsday presents the results. There will likely be follow up studies to this; but for now this offers some positive news:

http://www.newsday.com/business/epa-methane-report-further-divides-fracking-camps-1.5155986

**One way we can affect future drilling outcomes and regulations is to be involved with our state legislature. Yes, it takes time; yes, it can be tedious. However, the results will be long lasting and will impact our quality of life and options for years to come......positively or negatively. Several of our ECOGIG members have made the trek to the state capital to testify on various bills.......we encourage your participation in this citizen legislative process. One article from the Niobrara News highlights how this can work:

http://www.niobraranews.net/water/colorado-house-approves-bill-raising-oil-gas-water-testing-rules/

Stay informed.......Stay Active.........Let your voice be heard.......That is the American Way!

Jill and Jim Duvall, co-coordinators
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Public Interest Group)
303-646-3202