The Elbert County Oil and Gas Interest Group (ECOGIG) Page
Jill and Jim Duvall, Co-coordinators
(303) 646-3202
October 14, 2012
Hi All:

Our weekly update on oil/gas/water issues affecting Elbert County and/or the State of Colorado:

** One of the benefits of this group is that members send us interesting information for the good of the group--this article was sent to us in such a manner--keep them coming as two of us cannot possibly do as much research as the entire group can!

Unusual Dallas Earthquakes Linked to Fracking, Expert Says GO TO ARTICLE HERE

** Rick Blotter, who handles the ECOGIG facebook page (, recently wrote the attached letter to the Ranchland News. It brings up excellent points that while we can all benefit from increased oil and gas exploration and development, we need to take it slow and get it right. Thanks, Rick! We have attached the letter with Rick's permission.

** Finally, another member sent us the following information on MOU's (Memorandum of Understanding) as used in Erie, CO recently. There appear to be good lessons and directions to be learned for our situation in Elbert County. We are posting only a portion of the information-- YOU CAN READ MORE HERE

Erie’s oil and gas agreements could serve as statewide mode
Posted on September 9, 2012 by RockPick

Operators required to go beyond Colo. regulations on drilling
By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer – 09/06/2012

Highlights of Erie’s stipulationsMaximize equipment and wellhead setbacks from occupied buildings.
-- Use steel-rim berms around tanks and separators instead of sand or soil berms.
-- Use closed-loop systems for drilling and completion operations.
-- Use a high-low pressure vessel and vapor recovery unit for new wells.
-- Prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing fluid products containing diesel, 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE) or benzene.
-- Continue discussions to identify a water source close to the well site as part of an effort to reduce truck traffic.

Longmont took a hard-nosed approach to oil and gas drilling in town, enacting a set of rules that went above and beyond what the state requires of operators.

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.

Thanks for your continued interest in coming to your own conclusions! We appreciate the feedback we receive from our emails.

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

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