Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Two meetings on oil and gas drilling

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

If you're interested in the prospect of oil and gas drilling in Colorado Springs or El Paso County, here's your chance to learn more.

First, the city will host a meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at City Hall, 107 E. Kiowa St., where two people from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will speak and answer questions. Here's info on that:

Two representatives of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) will explain the procedures used to regulate oil and gas production at a meeting with the public from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.
The topic of the meeting will be Colorado’s current procedures to regulate oil and gas exploration and production. The presentation will not address the pros and cons of the hydraulic fracturing method known as fracking.
COGCC inspection experts Mike Leonard and Margaret Ash will make a presentation and respond to the audience’s questions regarding regulation and inspections. Leonard inspects oil and gas production wells in El Paso County.
The meeting will be hosted by City Councilmember Val Snider and State Representative Pete Lee. It will be broadcast live on SpringsTV and via the internet as streaming video at
To submit questions in advance of the meeting contact Councilman Val Snider at
385-5485 or

Then, next week, El Paso County commissioners will hold a session during which they'll review proposed regulations for the industry in the county. Here's information about that:

The El Paso Board of County Commissioners is hosting an oil and gas land use regulations work session to receive updated information from the Development Services Department (DSD) relative to the open public comment period which closed November 28. The work session is at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle in Colorado Springs.

Two public hearings on the proposed land use regulations relevant to oil and gas drilling are scheduled in January.

DSD will present its recommendations during a public hearing at a special meeting of the El Paso County Planning Commission at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center.

The proposed regulations, along with comments and revisions resulting from the Planning Commission hearing, will be heard by the Board of County Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center.

A draft copy of the proposed changes can be found on the Development Services Department’s home page on the El Paso County website at:
The proposed regulations are intended to:
— Facilitate oil and gas exploration in a responsible manner
— Preserve and protect private property rights
— Avoid or mitigate damage to infrastructure as a result of exploration activities

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