The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission announced Thursday that rulemaking hearings for Senate Bill 181 will resume this month. Beginning July 14, the Commission will host meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday mornings of each month. These regularly scheduled hearings will offer public comment, address enforcement issues, general business, and work sessions as needed. These meetings will be in addition to upcoming SB 19-181 rulemakings. For more on how to submit public comment and check meeting agendas, click the headline.

SB-181 Oil and Gas Rulemaking Delayed

Apr 30, 2020
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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission announced several SB 19-181 rulemaking schedule updates this week and how the board will participate in the process. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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More than half of a standing-room-only crowd at Tuesday’s state Air Quality Control Commission hearing in Rifle commented on proposed methane emissions restrictions for oil and gas operations in Colorado. Forty-six out of 60 comments favored the restrictions. Here’s more on what residents from across the Western Slope had to say.

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Senate Bill 181 Rulemaking hearings are taking place across the state over the next year, and garfield county wants the public to be informed on how to participate in the process. In the most recent Energy Advisory Board meeting, county oil & gas Liaison Kirby Wynn shared details on the rulemaking process.

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Garfield County Commissioners are joining and creating local government coalitions in response to SB-181. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more on why the county is involved in more than one group and how some activists say the county does not represent all of the Western Slope.

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Garfield County Commissioners recently agreed to join county governments within the Piceance Basin to write up Basin-wide rules for state oil and gas regulations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held the first rulemaking hearings this week since Senate Bill 181 became law earlier this year. The outcome was disappointing for conservation groups. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Early next week, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission meets to begin implementing changes in accordance with SB 181, signed into law in April. COGCC Assistant Director Julie Murphy described the changes to come at a recent Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Water Quality / Quantity Committee meeting.

After years of tension over expanded oil and gas drilling, including a deadly explosion that galvanized critics, Colorado is moving to tighten regulations on the booming industry. In a sweeping overhaul the governor is expected to sign, regulators will now have to consider public health, safety and the environment in decisions about permitting and local land use.

The state must still hammer out the details of how to implement the new law over the next year. But the impending changes are already fueling hope for some, and fear for others.

Colorado's SB-181 Passes, Gets Mixed Reviews

Apr 4, 2019
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SB-181, a bill that changes state regulation of oil and gas development, is headed for Colorado Governor Jared Polis' desk. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about how some have responded.

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Western Slope residents weighed in on State Bill 181, which would change state oil and gas regulations.