The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
June 22, 2013
Hi All:

We want to focus on a very important meeting on WEDNESDAY, June 26th at 9 AM at the Elbert County Fairgrounds Exhibit hall in Kiowa.

The BOCC (Board of County Commissioners) will be considering the proposed oil and gas regulations which were unanimously approved by the Planning Commission. We would like you to attend and remember these key points:

--this is about supporting the work of the oil and gas editing committee and the Planning Commission which has occurred over the past TWO years. These regulations have not been hastily drawn up and all stakeholders (industry, county departments and the public) have had input. The system has worked....good, enforceable regulations are the result.

--this is not the time to call for a moratorium or ban on fracking operations in Elbert County--these regulations ASSUME that oil and gas drilling will occur.......they are a very good compromise to regulate the areas of land use given to county oversight while allowing the state regulations to also be applied. In short, contrary to some comments in the community, they do not conflict with the regulations and oversight of the COGCC (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission).....they complement them.

--there is nothing in these regulations (or the expedited Memorandum of Understanding--MOU) that will keep any oil company from developing oil and gas operations if that operation proves to BE PROFITABLE in Elbert County. If the oil companies can make an acceptable return off of any well, they will proceed with the drilling operation and production phase regardless of the regulations. This is also a comment floating around the county that "we don't want to scare oil companies away with too many regulations".....that is simply not the case.

--Commissioner Robert Rowland has even asked the party chairs to spread the word--we agree with his feeling that regardless of your stance on oil and gas development, it is important to participate in our democratic process.

--it is important that you frame any arguments you make publicly in light of the extensive and exhaustive time spent to craft these regulations which specifically fit Elbert County. Keep in mind that land use planning is the responsibility of the counties, per Colorado Revised Statutes. Colorado has a strong tradition of local government control with respect to land use planning because
Colorado does NOT have a state-wide land use plan. DOLA (the Department of Local Affairs) specifically states on their website: "A land use code is a planning implementation tool. The land use code can include zoning regulations, subdivision regulations, annexation policy, OIL AND GAS REGULATIONS, impact fees, public hearing processes, fence and sign permitting and more." We would suggest to you that we have every right in Elbert County to approve and implement these regulations that have been studied and modified over a two year period.

--please stay calm and respectful in your public presentation--take a non-confrontational approach. As they say, "You can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar."

Thanks again for your continued involvement and support of our efforts. Grassroots movements are only as strong as the individual involvement of each of you who have shown an interest in this issue and share our concern with how oil and gas drilling will affect our beautiful county for years to come.

See you there!

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. --Margaret Mead