The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
July 14, 2013
Hi All:

We want to update you on
the most recent BOCC meeting where the Elbert County Commissioners did not approve the Oil and Gas Regulations recommended unanimously by the Planning Commission....this after a study and development period of two years.

That's right,
two of the three commissioners (Mr. Rowland and Mr. Schlegel) voted to deny approval of the regulations. Commissioner Ross voted to approve the regulations.

We are extremely disappointed that these regulations, which offered many protections for the residents of Elbert County as well as incentives to the oil producers/developers were swept aside by the BOCC. There is much we could say about this turn of events, but we'll confine our remarks to the following:

**We now will allow open pits for the storage of the "flowback" or produced water. This is the fluid that comes back to the surface after the fracking operation and not only includes remnants of the sand, water and chemicals used in the fracking process, but also includes naturally occurring underground elements that return with the water, some of which are radioactive.

**This produced water can also be used for dust mitigation on our county roads--imagine the exposure to harmful elements by using this water as it relates to livestock, domestic pets, wildlife and even humans who use these roads.

**The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is an enforceable contract between the county and the oil and gas operator was also turned down by the commissioners' actions. This was the main incentive offered to the oil and gas industry as a way to "speed up" the approval process and save the oil industry and the county money. This is a method used by many counties and recommended by the COGCC (Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) as a way to provide more directed provisions specific to an operator.

There are more areas of issue--to read a more thorough review of the issue, we would direct you to an article on

We will be in touch as more information is assured, we will continue to advocate for policies and strategies that more fully protect the way of life we all love in Elbert County--yet still allow responsible oil and gas development.

Stay involved!

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

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