Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force Releases Final Report

The 21 member Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to “examine … issues surrounding oil and gas operations and provide recommendations” has released its official report, which can be read in it’s entirety here:

Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force Final Report (5.7 MB).

The report includes nine recommendations, each approved by at least two-thirds of the task force members. Given that the task force was split between O&G representatives and other stakeholders, it’s not surprising that the recommendations address none of the big issues raised by Fractivists and others advocating for local control over O&G operations in their jurisdictions.

Here are the nine recommendations:

  1. RECOMMENDATION TO FACILITATE COLLABORATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, COLORADO OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION AND OPERATORS RELATIVE TO OIL AND GAS LOCATIONS AND URBAN PLANNING
  2. RECOMMENDATION TO INCLUDE FUTURE OIL AND GAS DRILLING AND PRODUCTION FACILITIES IN EXISTING LOCAL COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING PROCESSES
  3. RECOMMENDATION TO ENHANCE THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT LIAISON AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DESIGNEE ROLES AND FUNCTIONS
  4. RECOMMENDATION TO INCREASE COGCC FULL TIME STAFF, INCLUDING INSPECTORS, FIELD OPERATIONS, ENFORCEMENT, AND PERMITTING STAFF
  5. RECOMMENDATION RELATED TO CDPHE STAFFING, A HEALTH COMPLAINT LINE, A HUMAN HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT, AND A MOBILE AIR QUALITY MONITORING UNIT
  6. RECOMMENDATION TO CREATE AN OIL AND GAS INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE
  7. RECOMMENDATION TO REDUCE TRUCK TRAFFIC ON PUBLIC STREETS, ROADS, AND HIGHWAYS FOR OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES
  8. RECOMMENDATION TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGARDING AIR QUALITY RULES
  9. RECOMMENDATION TO IMPLEMENT A COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

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