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Oil, gas auditor’s duties detailed

Lynn BurtonPost Independent Staff

Doug Dennison knew he’d be the oil and gas “go-to guy” when he hired on with Garfield County. After Monday’s county commissioner meeting, Dennison walked away with plenty of “how-to” as well.Among other duties as the county’s first oil and gas auditor, Dennison will:-Organize periodic meetings with county residents, the oil and gas industry, and other interested parties.-Compile a data base of complaints against the industry.-Collect information and compile technical data sheets on chemicals and potentially hazardous materials used in gas and oil exploration and production.-Research county property tax records to determine whether the industry is paying enough to offset its impacts.-Help rewrite the county’s zoning code.-Compile a list of gas wells that pay the county royalties.-Field calls from the public.The county commissioners agreed that Dennison should mediate between residents and the oil and gas industry, but Commissioner Larry McCown said the role should be limited.”We don’t want to represent citizens in civil matters,” McCown said at Monday’s commissioner meeting.Dennison started his new job March 31, and briefed the commissioners on how his job was shaping up so far. For most of his presentation, the commissioners nodded their heads and agreed.County administrator Ed Green summed up Dennison’s duties in seven words: “Get the information, share the information, mediate.”Some of Dennison’s job will take place behind his desk at Garfield County’s Henry Building in Rifle. “I’ve got an open door policy,” he told the commissioners.In other business at Monday’s meeting, the commissioners:-Awarded a $45,000 contract to Stripe-A-Lot of Montrose to stripe county roads this summer, and a $150,000 contract to Grand River Construction Co. of Carbondale to pave parts of County Road 109 and County Road 114.-Approved a special use permit to Betty and Bruce Collins for a structural steel fabricating shop and storage yard on 11 acres at 4941 County Road 346 near Silt.-Approved an application for Williams Energy to install a 6-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline along 3,360 feet of County Road 309 right-of-way. The line will be buried six feet deep. -Heard a presentation from local fire agencies about implementing an urban/wildfire code in late summer or fall.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534lburton@postindependent.comHOW TO REACH HIMGarfield County oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison works out of the Henry Building at 114 E. Third St., Rifle. The building’s hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Dennison’s phone number is 625-5691, and his fax is 625-0908. His e-mail address is ddennison@garfield-county.com.Additional information is available at Garfield County’s Web site, at http://www.garfield-county.com.

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