The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
July 26, 2013
We have done some research on options available to the residents of Elbert County in the wake of the disappointing vote on July 10
when the BOCC turned down the proposed Oil and Gas Regulations and MOU which had been unanimously recommended for
approval by the Planning Commission.
We had hoped that we could bring an initiative to the ballot so that the citizens of the county would have an opportunity to vote on
the regulations....unfortunately, Colorado considers counties to be an extension of the state, so we cannot bring a referendum to the
ballot as citizens of Elbert County citizens. The only group able to bring an initiative such as this to the ballot is........the BOCC!
We have come to the conclusion there are two possible avenues to take to continue to express our dismay and frustration with 2
Commissioners voting down and dismissing two years of work done by many people from different viewpoints.
1. Work at the state level to change legislation to be more favorable for local jurisdictions (such as Elbert County). In
addition, there are groups working to bring a state wide initiative for a moratorium or outright ban on fracking. We will be involved
at the state level in some or all of these issues in the months ahead and would encourage your participation if you are so inclined.
2. Mount an email campaign to the individual commissioners asking them to put the regulations and MOU on the ballot in November
so the citizens can affirm or deny the decision of the two Commissioners.
We certainly favor the latter approach.....although we will need LARGE numbers of contacts to bring pressure to bear on the
Commissioners.....particularly the two who voted against the regulations--Commissioners Robert Rowland and Kurt Schlegel. We
would also advise you to encourage the loan supporter of the regulations, Commissioner Larry Ross, to bring a motion before the
board that the BOCC place this issue before the voters.
Here are the emails for you to communicate your thoughts to the commissioners:
One of our ECOGIG participants has started a petition to Commissioner Rowland by following this link:
This issue DESERVES TO BE VOTED ON BY THE CITIZENS.....NOT DECIDED BY TWO MEN WHO APPEAR TO
BE OVERLY INFLUENCED BY THE OIL/GAS INDUSTRY.
We encourage your feedback. Let us know your thoughts.
All the Best,
Jill and Jim Duvall
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group)
-- P. S. Share this with anyone you think would like to see this brought to a vote of the people.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.