Ed Behan’s Statement to Planning Commission, July 21, 2021

Good Evening Commissioners:

My name is Ed Behan, and I am a resident of Fort Collins.

There has been a lot of information presented to you all tonight regarding the changes to Larimer County oil and gas regulations. I want to address one critical issue very briefly. There is a critical need for real time, site-based continuous air quality monitoring that is networked in such a fashion as to facilitate rapid response as needed in the event of any leak or potentially catastrophic mishap. The canister sensors proposed in the County’s draft regulations are only checked periodically.

To be able to have a timely reaction in the event of any failure of an oil and gas site’s equipment is critical for the health, safety, and environment of our community and natural spaces. I would think that would also be advantageous for an operator who may well be losing valuable product as well as compounding any clean-up issues associated with such an equipment failure. I will leave you with a copy of information that has been provided to both the Planning Department and the County Commissioners on a Colorado-based company that has created such a monitoring system, Project Canary. I will not say this is the only available technology that can be utilized in this fashion, but it is the first serious leap I have seen for site specific monitors beyond the canister systems.

Technology of this sort needs to be required for operation of oil and gas projects in Larimer County. I hope you will seriously consider this as an additional requirement for the draft regulations. Thank you.

Link to information delivered to both Larimer County Commissioners and Larimer County Planning Department on Project Canary:

Comments delivered BOCC and Planning Department on June 15

 

 

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