Monday, February 1, 2016

COGCC Adopts New Regulations Concerning Oil and Gas Location Assessment Permits

On January 25, 2016, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission adopted new regulations pertaining to oil and gas location assessment permits (Form 2A), which reflect two recommendations proposed by the Governor’s Task Force on State and Local Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations.

The Task Force has been working on those regulations since last year and largely focused on how to implement Recommendations 17 and 20. Recommendation 17 addressed enhancement of the coordination between operators and local governments concerning locations for “Large Scale Oil and Gas Facilities” in “Urban Mitigation Areas” while Recommendation 20 proposed to integrate future oil and gas drilling and production facilities in existing local comprehensive planning processes.

The Commission conducted two hearings in November 2015 to discuss the regulations and finally reached a consensus on January 25. According to a media report, “seven other recommendations are still being dealt with by the state legislature, other agencies, or COGCC on a non-rulemaking basis.”

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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