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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Public comment wanted related to state oil and gas regulation bill

The Colorado legislature recently approved Senate bill 19-181, which will revamp the state’s oil and gas regulations by changing the missions of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and putting public health and safety fist when development is considered. Cities and counties will be allowed to regulate oil and gas development under their planning and land-use powers.

The COGCC has released for public comment Draft Objective Criteria for implementing the new oil and gas law. The Draft Objective Criteria document provides that the COGCC may delay specific final permit determinations until the COGCC is satisfied that the permit complies with the intent of SB 19-181.

The COGCC also released guidance on surface and drilling permits, pooling and spacing and comprehensive drilling plans, which will help inform the public on how Colorado’s new oil and gas law will be incorporated into proceedings before the COGCC.

Written comments on the Draft Objective Criteria may be submitted by Monday, April 29 at 5 p.m. on the COGCC’s web site.

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