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Comment period extended

DENVER – A new rule adopted by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will expand the current seven-day comment period by local governments on drilling applications to at least 10 days.

The commission adopted the new rule at its Feb. 10 meeting in Denver.

“The new ruling facilitates the counties’ participation in our permitting process by allowing them more time to comment and by clearly providing them the opportunity for a hearing before the commission if their concerns aren’t resolved,” said Rich Griebling, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.



Under the new rule, if a local government participates in an onsite consultation during the comment period and is unable to have its concerns about public health, safety and environmental issues resolved, the government may ask Griebling to withhold the drilling permit until a hearing can be scheduled for the next monthly commission meeting.

The new ruling goes into effect on March 30 and can be reviewed at http://www.oil-gas.state.co.us.


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