Expert witnesses to testify, Sept 4, 2020

Our coalition, Citizen Groups, is included in in the Environmental Groups session at 2:45 in the afternoon.  The expert witnesses we helped raise funds for will present their strong research, encouraging the COGCC to put protective setbacks into the revised oil and gas regulations as mandated by Senate Bill 19-181. These heavy-hitters will provide testimony in an afternoon session at the COGCC’s Mission Change Rulemaking Session, scheduled for 2:45pm (be advised that schedules can get pushed back during the day). This will be historic and important testimony:

Remote Access (ZOOM) Information for COGCC Session
Phone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 837 5954 1120

Mission Change Rulemaking Hearing, Aug 24-Sept 1, 2020

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) invites the public,parties and stakeholders to attend the Commission’s rulemaking hearing addressing Mission Change, Alternative Location Analysis and Cumulative Impacts for the 200-600 series, as required by SB 19-181. The hearings will be held Monday, Aug. 24 through Friday, Sept.11, 2020. For more information, please see media release HERE.

The Zoom link:

For full agenda and details:


Our Coalition, Citizen Groups, consisting of LOGIC, Sierra Club, Earthworks and the Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety & the Environment will be represented by Mike Freeman, EarthJustice attorney. Mr Freeman will be presenting to the COGCC on the  500-series of Mission Change O&G Rulemaking at 9:05 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31. We believe he will have some impacted citizens present, as well.

The rewriting of 500-series as mandated by the law SB-18a contains important issues such as:
  • who has legal “standing” to participate at COGCC, the definition of “affected person” that can apply to participate
  • variances that Operators can request from COGCC director (as currently written in draft),
  • Notice (public and private notice, such as what is posted at COGCC website and who is noticed for new, expanding Oil & Gas facilities.), and
  • “responsible party” — for leaks, spills, etc.
These are crucial issues for the public to be informed of pending Oil & Gas Facility lease requests, applications,  to hold industry accountable,  and to have equal footing with industry and local governments at the COGCC.

Here is the Zoom link: