Governor Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force is seeking a local/state collaboration on regulating oil and gas operations

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From the Denver Business Journal (Mark Harden/Cathy Proctor):

In a draft report, the task force says that the state’s “local government designee” program, which allows local governments to suggest restrictions on drilling permits, needs to be used more effectively than it is now.

> The draft report, dated Wednesday, is available here.

A final version of the task force’s report is to be delivered by April 18.

More coverage from Mark Jaffe writing for The Denver Post. From the article:

“There are still a whole lot of unresolved issues,” said Stan Dempsey, president of the Colorado Petroleum Association and a task force member. The task force outlined a plan to increase cooperation between state regulators and local governments and to enable local inspectors for rigs and wells.

The commission did not address a range of issues that Hickenlooper outlined in his executive order, including well setbacks from homes, air quality, noise abatement and traffic management. The task force’s aim was, in six weeks, to try to resolve some of the emerging conflicts among the industry, the state and cities and counties.

“This is an evolving process,” said Mike King, the director of the state Department of Natural Resources and chairman of the task force.

More oil and gas coverage here and here.

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