The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
August 30, 2012
As we turn the corner of August into September, there are a few items to bring to your attention:
**There is a FRACKING PERMIT application making its way through the process of review and approval for a
site in eastern Elbert County. Southwest Energy has submitted a permit for an exploratory well near Agate.
They have already had the required community meeting for residents within 1/4 mile of the well head. Some
of the next steps will be: 1) submission to the planning department; 2) planning department sends it out for
referral to various agencies for study--these agencies have 30 days to respond; 3) if there are no issues, a
date is set for a public hearing. The process then follows the existing approval process in the county,
through the Planning Commission which will make a recommendation to the BOCC which has final authority.
This permit is still being processed under the existing "special use" regulations since we do not have any
specific regulations for oil and gas--however, the planning director stated that the company involved is
working with us, is cooperating with the county, and is following the spirit of the proposed oil and gas regs
that the county is close to finishing. So far, it has only gone to the county--it does not show on the state
COGCC website. Both the county and the state have to approve the application before any drilling/fracking
can occur. More to come.
**We thought you might be interested in the amount of oil and gas that the U. S. is currently exporting.
According to the U. S. Energy Information Administration, we are exporting more finished (refined) product
(gasoline and diesel fuel) that we are importing--roughly 3 million barrels of petroleum products per day are
exported. To put this in perspective, all U. S. motorists combined use approximately 8 million barrels of
petroleum products per day. The export of crude oil is regulated--the export of refined product is
not--therefore it goes to the highest bidder--which costs us all more at the pump. Sort of puts the argument to
"drill baby drill" as our patriotic duty into perspective. As the article we read stated, it's no wonder our oil
companies, selling in a global market, are making record profits--up 75% in 2011 over 2010.
**An article in the Aug. 24th edition of the Denver Post caught our attention because the residents of South
Park are expressing the same concerns we have in Elbert County:
The federal Bureau of Land Management is preparing to open South Park — metro Denver's main water
source — to oil and gas drilling.
Read more:Feds prepare to open South Park for drilling near metro water source - The Denver Article
Keep involved--"tag, you're it!"
Jill and Jim Duvall
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group)
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