The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
Email: jduvall908@aol.com
September 8, 2012
Several articles of interest recently:

-- The bottom line: Wyoming, which earned $430.4 million in 2011 gas extraction taxes, asked the EPA to redo tests after it said fracking tainted water. ARTICLE
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State sues Longmont over oil and gas drilling regulations ARTICLE

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-- Erie chose a more subdued route, crafting agreements with two drilling companies that get them to voluntarily adopt operational measures and safeguards not required by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. ARTICLE

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As always, we encourage you to do your own research on these issues--it would appear we would be better served to follow Erie's example than Longmont's example in forming oil and gas regulations. The story in Pavilion, WY is still developing, but does point out some of the possible long term outcomes when drilling is allowed to move forward while being minimally unmanaged.

We also are co-sponsoring a speaker at the Elbert County Democrats Annual Picnic on September 15th. Susan Perkins is a former oil and gas attorney who now specializes in environmental law. She will be providing information pertinent to Elbert County's current position at the beginning of oil and gas development. The event will be from 2 PM to 6 PM at the Casey Jones Park Pavilion. We hope you will attend.

Learn, reflect, then act--Elbert County's future depends on a well-informed and involved citizenry. While oil/gas/water are our primary focus, this is just one of the important issues facing us as we work through the second decade of the 21st century.

Jill and Jim Duvall
ECOGIG
303-646-3202
ECOGIG (Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group)

The commissioners' emails:

del.schwab@elbertcounty-co.gov
john.shipper@elbertcounty-co.gov
kurt.schlegel@elbertcount-co.gov