FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2020
Megan Castle, COGCC Community Relations Supervisor/Communications Manager
Megan.Castle@state.co.us, (303) 513-2713
Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Announces Wellbore Integrity Rulemaking Hearing, June 10-11
SB 19-181 Wellbore Integrity Rulemaking protects groundwater over the lifecycle of the well
DENVER - The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) invites the public and stakeholders to attend the Commission’s June Wellbore Integrity Rulemaking Commission Hearing, June 10-11. The Wellbore Integrity rulemaking, required by SB 19-181, proposes to improve oversight through the entire lifecycle of the oil and gas well, ensuring protection of groundwater resources.
“From permitting to construction, to production, and until a well is plugged, the COGCC has oversight and responsibility to protect groundwater resources that Colorado needs for residential, commercial, agricultural and recreational needs,” said COGCC Director Jeff Robbins. “The COGCC Staff worked with a diverse group of stakeholders and the Water Quality Control Division to deliver these proposed rules to cover the life of the well and improve protections for the environment and our groundwater. The draft rules reflect broad consensus across multiple stakeholder perspectives on almost all issues, which shows how COGCC Staff, sister state agencies and our stakeholders can work together to find solutions to complex issues.”
June COGCC Hearing Information:
Date: Wednesday & Thursday, June 10-11, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. until adjourned
Location: NOTE: There will not be an in-person location meeting for this Hearing.
Remote Access (Zoom): NOTE: COGCC encourages attendees to join using the computer, not phone, for best participation and interaction.
· Phone: (669) 900-6833
· Computer: https://zoom.us/j/2761805299
· Meeting ID: 276 180 5299
Further information & Agenda: https://cogcc.state.co.us/reg.html#/hearings
SB 19-181 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. The COGCC is in the midst of reviewing its rules and procedures to evaluate what changes are required to reflect the new law’s requirements. On Nov. 21, 2019, the Commission adopted Flowline rules. The Commission will take up additional SB 19-181 rulemakings at future Commission hearings, including rulemakings around Mission Change, Cumulative Impacts and Alternative Location Analysis, which begins Aug. 24, 2020.
To learn more about participating, upcoming hearings, the rulemaking schedule, or to comment using the online portals, visit the COGCC website: cogcc.state.co.us.