David Neslin, the man at the center of oil and gas regulation in Colorado, has decided to bag it and practice law instead.
Neslin appeared at the hearing on El Paso County's oil and gas regulations yesterday.
Here's the news release:
David Neslin will be resigning from his post as Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation
Commission to return to the practice of law effective in February. Neslin was appointed director of
the COGCC in November of 2007.
Under Neslin’s tenure, the COGCC comprehensively updated the state’s oil and gas regulations to
strengthen environmental protections during a significant increase in energy development. Neslin
also oversaw changes within the agency that resulted in more efficient permit reviews and other
process improvements assisting industry and the public.
Neslin worked closely with environmental groups and industry to develop the country’s strongest
chemical disclosure law for hydraulic fracturing and he continues to work productively with several
local governments on regulatory issues as the potential for energy development grows along the
Front Range. Neslin frequently speaks before the public on oil and gas issues, and has testified on
regulatory issues before Congress.
“Leading this agency through a time of dynamic change in energy development in Colorado has
been a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience,” Neslin said. “I look forward to continuing
the work of building collaborative, productive solutions to energy and natural resources issues in a
“David’s many talents have been a great asset for our state,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “He earnestly, ably and consistently brought varied interests together to do what’s best for the environment, for business and for Colorado. We thank him for his service and wish him luck in his new job.”
“David Neslin presided over a transformative change in oil and gas regulation in Colorado,” said Department of Natural Resources executive director Mike King. “He has left the state in a strong position to address the industry’s increasing investment in Colorado, while ensuring that those operators working here are held to the highest standards for protection of the public and our environment.
“He deftly managed the COGCC through the most challenging period in agency history, and conducted his work with grace, poise and the highest order of professionalism.” King added.
“We will miss him, and extend our gratitude for his public service.”
Neslin will be joining the Denver law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs with a focus on public lands and energy on March 1. Prior to joining Colorado state government in 2007, Neslin was a partner in the Denver law office of Arnold & Porter, where he also focused on lands and natural resource matters.