State gas panel coming to county
Special to the Post Independent
GLENWOOD SPRINGS” The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the agency that regulates gas drilling in the state, will meet in Glenwood Springs next Tuesday.
“The general idea is to have a meeting out in Garfield County, where there is the most (drilling) activity in the state right now,” said Tricia Beaver, hearings manager for the commission.
The commission typically holds its regular meetings in Denver, but holds two or three meetings a year elsewhere in the state, said Beaver.
The meeting of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission coincides with the Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum meeting on Monday. The COGCC commissioners will attend the forum meeting, said Beaver.
Both meetings will have time allotted for public comment.
“I think it’s good the commissioners are coming out and listening to some of the concerns, ” said Williams Production district manager Steve Soychak.
The COGCC meeting doesn’t have any hearings regarding drilling projects in Garfield County, said Beaver, other than two consent agenda items, which are normally handled with a quick vote and little discussion.
On the consent agenda is a request by Presco, Inc. to increase the density of drilling in the Williams Fork Formation, said Beaver. The other item related to Garfield County is a finding that Petroleum Development Corp. violated a COGCC rule requiring companies to get a drilling permit from the COGCC before starting work.
The Northwest Oil and Gas Forum Meeting will be from 3:30-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, in the south hall of the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hearing starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in room 108 in the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs.
Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 534
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