The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
September 30, 2012
Hi All:

We want to clarify our position on oil and gas development: we are not opposed to oil and gas drilling or harvesting minerals in Elbert County because we respect and defend property rights--both mineral and surface rights. What we are concerned about in this process is unregulated oil and gas development-at-any-price without having sufficient local input and proper regulation of air/water/setback concerns. We believe the regulations currently being considered by the Planning Commission are an excellent place to start and we commend the work of the committee that has put together the proposal.

** With that in mind, Rick Blotter sent us the following link about more environmentally friendly ways to deal with the entire fracking process; "5 ways to clean up fracking's chemical act": LINK

** The Denver Post had an interesting article about updates coming in the COGCC rules and regs:

"The director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it's time to consider statewide rules on baseline groundwater sampling and monitoring at new well pads, which could show when drilling operations have contaminated groundwater supplies and when they haven't." Read more LINK

** A more recent article in the Denver Post addressed the push-back from the industry regarding the COGCC planned review and update of the regulations:

"Buffeted by public opposition and towns toughening local limits, Colorado officials are preparing to revise state regulations governing oil and gas drilling." Read more: LINK

** There was an interesting letter to the editor (also in the Denver Post) about the effects of fracking on the long term water needs in Colorado. LINK

That's it for today. As always, we encourage you to do your own research as well as to reach out to the appropriate elected officials (local, state, national) to voice your thoughts.

Stay engaged locally--this county has a non-renewable water source that will definitely be affected in some fashion by any oil/gas development.

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

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