The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
June 15, 2013
Hi All: This is a special issue about the Elbert County Oil and Gas Regulations:

The Water, Oil & Gas Report
We are heading for a milestone County Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at 9AM at the county fairgrounds. The Planning Commission has APPROVED the draft Oil and Gas Regulations for Elbert County by a vote of 9 to ZERO and sent them to the commissioners for a public hearing and potential approval. It is critical, in our opinion, that the commissioners APPROVE these regulations that WILL PROTECT ELBERT COUNTY RESIDENTS AND OUR WATER to a greater extent than current state regulations.

The regulations represent a consensus of the editing team’s 24 month effort. They are stronger than the state regulations in TWO KEY AREAS.
FIRST, they state that Elbert County has a “presumption” against open pits (storage of contaminated process water). This legal language means that any oil operator wishing to use OPEN PITS must justify their use at a PUBLIC HEARING. This provides both time and a forum for public input. SECOND, the regulations FORBID the use of process water for any purposes wherein it is spread on the ground such as to provide dust mitigation on dirt roads. Process water represents a health hazard.

In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enables a voluntary contract to be entered into by an operator and the county under which
additional restrictions are placed on the operator. For instance, the MOU requires 1320’ of setback versus 500’ under state rules. However, both of these values may be waived if such setbacks prohibit mineral access. The MOU also prohibits the use of open pits. All of the regulation requirements also apply under an MOU.

The MOU permitting process is accomplished wholly within the jurisdiction of the county and could be as short as 30 days while the regulation implementation requires the issuance of a Special Use permit, a more lengthy process including a public hearing.

You can read the documents by going to, then to "Departments," then "Community and Development Services." Finally, scroll down to the draft documents of both the regulations and the MOU.

With their
UNANIMOUS approval, the Planning Commission obviously agrees that these regulations are necessary for Elbert County.....the commissioners will now be taking the FINAL vote on whether or not to adopt these regulations.
Let's show up in numbers to show the commissioners that the citizens
STRONGLY SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE EDITING COMMITTEE AND THE DECISION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION. The oil and gas interests have been presenting their viewpoint to the commissioners with increasing frequency.....let's make sure that YOUR INTERESTS ARE HEARD AS WELL!!


Thanks for your continued involvement! Please forward this to any interested parties in your sphere of influence.

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

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