The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) hearings on Dec. 17 & 18 contain 52 Consent Agenda Items and only 5 items that will have full hearings. The agenda was not published until Saturday, Dec. 15, only 2 days before the hearings, leaving ordinary citizens in the dark until the last minute.
One of the original 300 docket items that could have been on the agenda was the forced pooling hearing for the Lowell South section of the Livingston Pad (Docket Number 181000799). Since Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee (WOGc) is protesting this forced pooling application order, WOGc reached out to Extraction last week to get a confirmation whether or not the hearing was going forward on Dec. 17 & 18. Extraction confirmed that the hearing would be continued at their request to the January 28 & 29 COGCC Meeting. It was first scheduled for the Oct 29 & 30 COGCC hearings and WOGc was required by the COGCC to submit its protest before then.
On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 9 am, the long-awaited School Setback Rulemaking Hearing will occur. Public comments are scheduled to begin at 9:05 am. Those who signed up to speak should get there earlier if they want to get a seat in the small chambers. The party presentations, including ones by League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans (LOGIC) and the City of Broomfield with Affiliated Governments, will start at 10:05 am. Commission deliberations will continue into the afternoon. You can find the latest version of the School Setbacks here, with the redlined version here.
Other items of interest on the Agenda:
- 12/17 10:05 am – 10:35 am Commission Request for Additional Information re Triple Creek Flaring
Triple Creek Resident Lowell Lewis did not receive any notice from the COGCC during a long period of excessive flaring by Extraction at Triple Creek. The COGCC allowed it to prevent a blowout when there were inadequate natural gas sales lines open. Margie Lewis experienced adverse health impacts with her breathing during this period.
- 12/17 4:15 pm
Crestone is appealing to the Commission to hear and approve their Comprehensive Drilling Plan and spacing unit applications in Boulder County, and subsequently to allow permit applications to be processed. To take these actions, the Commission would need to grant an exception to the Hearing Officers’ previous order that decisions on these applications need to wait until the lawsuit filed by Boulder County against Crestone is resolved.
Please see the full agenda here.