Proposals for Local Input on Oil, Gas Locations Under Fire
Colorado state regulators have released proposed rules to give local governments more of a say in the location of new oil and gas wells, and they quickly came under fire from the energy industry and environmental groups.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is drawing up the rules to implement the recommendations of a task force convened by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The governor asked the group to address tensions over hydraulic fracturing and conflicts that arise when cities and oilfields expand into each other.
The task force recommended, among other things, that local governments be given a consulting role when energy companies are deciding where to locate large oil and gas facilities if they’re near homes or businesses. Cities and counties would not be able to enforce their own rules, however.
Regulators released the first draft of the rules on 6 October and scheduled public hearings for 16–17 November.