Help us protect all of Adams County from neighborhood drilling as the 6 week time out draws to a close by attending two important March meetings. County staff and special oil and gas counsel will present their proposal for changes to the Adams County oil and gas regulations on Monday March 21 at the Planning Commission meeting. The resulting recommendations will be presented to the Board of Commissioners the following day, Tuesday March 22, for approval. The staff's presentation should be available on the Adams County website the Friday prior to the meetings. For more details, read the following press release sent out by Adams County on March 8:
Proposal to Revise Oil and Gas Regulatory Structure
With the moratorium on new oil and gas permitting scheduled to conclude on March 22, Adams County Community and Economic Development Department staff and outside legal counsel on oil and gas matters, Jeff Robbins, will present the Adams County Board of Commissioners with a proposal to revise the county's current oil and gas regulatory structure. The presentation of this proposal will take place in a formal public hearing on March 22 at 10 a.m. The Adams County Planning Commission will review the proposal in a formal hearing on March 21 at 6 p.m. Both hearings will take place at the Adams County Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway, Brighton.
The purpose of these hearings and the proposal itself is to enhance the regulatory structure so that the Adams County policies regarding oil and gas permitting are more protective of residents while allowing for development of oil and gas resources.
Among other things, the proposal adds new language allowing the Adams County oil and gas regulatory structure to recognize recent regulatory amendments made by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, specifically regarding the new definition and local government consultation process for Large Scale Urban Mitigation Facilities.
The proposal is being developed by county staff and outside counsel based upon the input received from a broad range of stakeholders, including community, industry, and government agencies who shared their issues and concerns in meetings held over the last month.
The stakeholder groups providing input included ACCDAN, LOGIC, North Metro Neighbors for Safe Energy, Adams12 School District, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Tri-County Health Department, Pipefitters, a variety of oil and gas operators, proximate local governments including Commerce City and Brighton, fire districts, and homebuilders.