According to an announcement late this afternoon by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Attorney Jeff Robbins will step in as the new acting director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).
Mr. Robbins recently represented Adams County in its August 1 COGCC hearing to protest that Broomfield failed to allow Adams County to participate in the siting of the Extraction Northwest and Interchange Pads close to Adams County residents.
According to the DNR announcement:
“Robbins has served as counselor and advisor to Governor Jared Polis on oil and gas issues for the past five years. Robbins also served on the 2014 Colorado Task Force Regarding State and Local Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations.”
“Robbins has been practicing law in Colorado since 1996 and is a partner in the law firm of Goldman, Robbins, Nicholson & Mack, P.C., based in Durango, Colorado. He has substantial experience in governmental law. Early in his career he served as County Attorney for La Plata County for 12 years and Archuleta County for three years.”
“More recently, he has focused his practice on assisting multiple front range communities, including Adams County, the City of Aurora, the City of Dacono, Boulder County, the City of Lafayette, and the City of Timnath, as legal counsel on oil and gas matters helping these communities address land use and surface issues arising out of oil and gas operations.”
Also, according to his profile on his law firm’s website, “Mr. Robbin’s oil and gas practice includes the representation of local governments in the regulation of the oil and gas industry. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the 2014 Colorado Task Force Regarding State and Local Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations. In 2012, he revamped Boulder County’s 20 year old oil and gas regulations and has since used this experience to assist other front range communities in crafting local regulations over the oil and gas industry.”