Environmental and Neighborhood Groups Lead Participation in 500 Series Rulemaking

Rulemaking has begun after the passage of SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil and Gas Operations with environmental and neighborhood groups leading participation on 500 Series Rulemaking.  This is the first of a handful of rulemakings at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) over a two-year period to implement SB19-181 after Gov. Polis signed it into law on April 16. 

The main changes to the 500 series COGCC regulations are regarding having administrative judges conduct COGCC hearings instead of hearing officers and changing requirements for forced pooling and spacing unit applications.

Groups had to apply for party status to participate in the proceedings and prehearing statements were due on May 29.  According to the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans (LOGIC), prehearing statements were submitted by:

  • Environmental and Neighborhood Groups: 27
  • Industry and Mineral Owner Groups: 14
  • Local Governments: 5

Broomfield joined with Lafayette and Boulder County as the Allied Local Governments party, where Broomfield and Lafayette were represented by Elizabeth Paranhos and Boulder by Kim Sanchez.  Broomfield posted a link to their three body paragraph document here.   

Extraction wrote a few paragraphs, stating “Extraction believes that some modifications are warranted” but did not elaborate on what modifications needed to be made.  You can read their statement here

Broomfield neighborhood groups participating in the 500 series rulemaking wrote extensive statements and included:

Anthem Ranch Community Association Board of Directors

Broomfield Concerned

Broomfield Health and Safety First

Broomfield Moms Active in Community

Residents Rights

Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee

You can read all of the party statements here.

The parties are invited to give responses to prehearing statements by June 5 at 5:00 pm.  The final prehearing conference is set for June 7 at 1:00 pm via Zoom.  The final hearing will be on June 17 in Denver, where groups requesting time to present their statements will be heard.