Larimer Alliance Calls for O&G Moratorium While County Revises Regulations (cover letter)

January 19, 2021

Larimer County Commissioners, 

Congratulations to Jody Shadduck-McNally and Kristin Stephens on your successful election to the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners. We look forward to working with you along with Commissioner John Kefalas.

We understand that the pandemic has disrupted our county’s budgets as well as the health and livelihoods of its residents, and so you begin your service like racehorses at a gate. We ask that you include an investigation of local oil and gas regulations in your first-tier of business as well. The effort dovetails battling the disruption of Covid 19. It also aligns with the Climate Action Plan instigated by Commissioner Kefalas and sought by a majority of voters. 

Covid 19 most often kills via the respiratory system. Now is the time to realize our long fight for clean air in Northern Colorado. We may not control the pandemic, but we can help our residents in recovery by addressing air quality. We’re looking for the will of our commissioners to lead the way. 

The attached letter is an overview of where we see frightening gaps in governance of oil and gas in our county boundaries. We’ve made suggestions and we stand ready to serve by clarifying our  concerns and assisting connections with experts on state regulations. We also can help compare how other counties are responding to SB-181. 

We look forward to participating in our county’s direction, and to doing our best to facilitate support you need in your jobs. Please never hesitate to ask us for information, a connection or to respond to proposal ideas. 

With respect and well wishes,

Larimer Alliance for Health, Safety & Environment

Tim Gosar, Chair

League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans

Andrew Forkes-Gudmondsun, Deputy Director

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