The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
June 2, 2013
OIL/GAS/WATER issues continue to be front-and-center to Elbert County citizens:
--The Elbert County Planning Commission recommended that the oil and gas regulations and MOU be approved by the County
Commissioners. They will now be presented to the BOCC (Board of County Commissioners)...... tentatively on June 26th. The vote by
the Planning Commission was 9-0. A big THANK YOU to the county residents who have given countless hours to put forth regulations
protecting our water, air, roads and quality-of-life...... these regulations will complement the existing state regulations of the COGCC
(Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission).
Just a quick observation on the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding): this is a "fast-track" method of approving permits for drilling
that contains stricter guidelines, but will likely result in approval for the oil company within 90 days rather than 6 to 9 months. The
MOU process also allows for individual variances from well-to-well as circumstances dictate. It an operator/driller chooses not to use
the MOU, a full special-use process will be employed to analyze their application.
--Two issues in dispute in the new regulations/MOU were:
1) can operators use open pits?--the regulations are presumptive AGAINST open pits.... however, the operator can make a
case-by-case argument to use open pits which would be looked at individually by county staff;
2) can operators use "produced water" (an end product after the fracking operation) to mitigate dust on county dirt roads?--the
regulations are clearly stating "NO," however, if the water is treated, the practice might be allowed.
Here is an interesting article from the Colorado Springs Gazette about an open pit lining failure in Colorado......
--In another article regarding the El Paso County area (interestingly, it is the same company involved with the pit liner failure).....
"Second Company Drops Plans to Drill For Oil In El Paso County"
--Finally, there is a county in New Mexico that has banned fracking.....it is a conservative, ranching county; it is fairly small; it has no
renewable water source......very similar to our situation. Food for thought!......."I don't want to destroy our water," 63-year-old Mora
County resident Roger Alcon told the LA Times. "You can't drink oil."
Thank you for your continued support and interest--stay informed, stay involved, exercise your rights each and every day as an
active resident of Elbert County.
Jill and Jim Duvall
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group)
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.