Tag Archives: COGCC

Spring and COGCC off to rocky start

May 22, 2019

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It’s almost metaphorical the way winter won’t let go of its grip on Colorado and neither will the oil and gas industry. On the same day a spring snowstorm bludgeoned the state with frigid temps and record snowfall, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) held its first regular meeting under SB-181. Folks seemed […]

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Community groups call on Polis to halt oil and gas permits

May 13, 2019

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Colorado Rising, WildEarth Guardians, and local environmental community groups notify Polis Administration of necessity to halt oil and gas permitting Public health and safety first: groups say new law requires a pause in fracking during rule making DENVER — Today Colorado Rising, a grassroots, community-led environmental group, and WildEarth Guardians, a western advocacy group enforcing […]

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Submit comments for COGCC Draft Objective Criteria

April 23, 2019

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Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 19-181 into law on April 16. The law ensures that oil and gas development and operations in Colorado are regulated in a manner that protects public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources. SB 19-181’s amendments to the Oil and Gas Conservation Act (“Act”) are effective as of […]

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SB-181 is LAW!

April 17, 2019

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Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Colorado Rising (including all of you!) and activists across the state to raise awareness about the dangers of fossil fuel industry, Governor Polis signed SB19-181 into law on Tuesday. While this bill does not go far enough to protect Colorado’s environment and people, it is a sea change in […]

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What you need to know right now about SB-181

April 4, 2019

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The final version of SB-181 passed out of the Senate on Wednesday. While we await Governor Polis’ signature, let’s take a closer look at what the bill will and won’t do — and what you need to know right now. The first and most noticeable change will come from the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation […]

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Weld residents use Earthworks’ OGI to expose illegal emissions

April 4, 2019

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Complaints result in new equipment, fines, but new evidence shows problems persist Weld County, CO — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) found AKA Energy caused illegal air pollution from unpermitted equipment at the Speer Compressor Station in Weld County as a result of local resident complaints using Earthworks’ optical gas imaging […]

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SB-181: The great Colorado freak-out

March 20, 2019

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Last week SB-181 practically sailed through the Democratic-controlled Colorado Senate passing one committee after another and finally the full Senate, all along party line votes. Opponents of the bill promptly freaked out with Sen. Rob Woodward (R-Loveland) howling: “There will be pain if this bill passes. People will lose their jobs, people will lose their […]

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SB 19-181: What are the amendments doing to the bill?

March 18, 2019

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By Phil Doe We genuinely applaud the legislature for advancing SB 19-181. It is what the people in the fracking fields of Colorado have been seeking for almost a decade. This bill will give them a right to participate in decisions concerning where, when, and how oil and gas development can occur in their cities […]

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It’s beyond time for oil and gas reform

March 7, 2019

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By Leslie Robinson Last Friday (3/1), a bill was introduced in the Colorado Assembly that would overhaul the way our state makes decisions about oil and gas and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. As a Western Coloradan who has lived with the impacts of the industry for over 40 years, I welcome SB-181 […]

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Must watch: Attorney Joe Salazar’s video on SB 19-181

March 5, 2019

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Colorado Rising takes neutral position on SB 19-181 Colorado Rising Communications Director Anne Lee Foster released this statement: “Colorado Rising is taking a neutral position on SB19-181. While it would be immoral and unconscionable not to pass this bill, it does not go far enough to protect communities from dangerous oil and gas. This is […]

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