“United Against These Border Wars” – Front Range Elected Officials Sign Statement to COGCC 

Front Range area elected officials representing constituents whose dense, residential communities are being deluged with oil and gas developments signed and delivered a letter to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and Governor Hickenlooper asking for “a paradigm shift in how large scale oil and gas is developed” because “multi-well mega pads do not belong near our homes, schools, and water sources.”

In their statement, they “recognized that the industry is creating border wars between neighboring municipalities” and took a “stand united against these border wars.”  Broomfield City Councilmember Guyleen Castriotta stated, “We stand united and rather than attempting to push industry proposed wells into neighboring jurisdictions, we instead are collectively insisting that new rules immediately be promulgated which will truly protect the health and safety of our residents – we expect nothing less.”

Although the letter did not state any connection to the COGCC July hearings, there are currently prominent agenda items related to the location of proposed multi-well pads in one jurisdiction near another jurisdiction’s residents.  The COGCC agenda can be found here.

The text as released can be found here or read below.

 

Director Julie Murphy and Commissioners

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

1120 Lincoln St #801

Denver, CO 80203

 

Governor John Hickenlooper

Colorado Governor’s Office

200 E Colfax Ave

Denver, CO 80203

 

July 30, 2018

Dear Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Governor Hickenlooper:

We, the undersigned elected officials, are concerned about protecting the health, safety and welfare of all Colorado citizens. With the rapidly increasing residential oil and gas development encroaching on all of our communities, we have recognized that the industry is creating border wars between neighboring municipalities. One example that supports this statement is how oil and gas operator proposals continuously attempt or successfully move well pads out of one jurisdiction into another. We are writing to inform you that we will continue to stand united against these border wars and will not be swayed by this divisive approach.

We insist that the State uphold and enforce the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act, which states in § 34-60-102(1)(a) that it is declared to be in the public interest when oil and gas development is done “…in a manner consistent with protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources”.

We strongly urge a paradigm shift in how large scale oil and gas is developed, and we believe that shift warrants an updated set of regulations. Multi-well mega pads do not belong near our homes, schools, and water sources. The current COGCC rules are antiquated, arbitrary, and address the regulations that were literally set up decades, if not a half a century, ago. We await your response.

Respectfully,

 

Brian Bagley, Longmont Mayor

Chelsea Behanna, Lafayette City Council

Christine Berg, Lafayette Mayor

Jennifer Carroll, Erie Mayor

Guyleen Castriotta, Broomfield City Council

Kevin Kreeger, Broomfield City Council

Geoff Deakin, Erie Mayor Pro Tem

Cindy Domenico, Boulder County Commissioner

Deb Gardner, Boulder County Commissioner

Bill Gippe, Erie Trustee

Adam Haid, Erie Trustee

Jamie Harkins, Lafayette City Council

Eva Henry, Adams County Commissioner

Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner

Alexandra Lynch, Lafayette City Council

Bob Muckle, Louisville Mayor

Steve O’Dorisio, Adams County Commissioner

Joan Peck, Longmont City Council

Emma Pinter, Westminster City Council

Deven Shaff, Broomfield City Council

Sharon Tessier, Broomfield City Council

Chaz Tedesco, Adams County Commissioner

Christiaan van Woudenberg, Erie Trustee

Jenny Wilford, Northglenn City Council

Josh Zygielbaum, Thornton City Council

 

cc: Bob Randall, Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources

Kathleen Staks, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

Douglas Vilsack, Legislative Liaison, Department of Natural Resources