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LETTER: Hearing notice errors stymie comments

Periodically, the wrong legal notice for COGCC hearing notifications on some applications is being published both on the COGCC website and in newspapers. When notified of this problem, the COGCC explains it as a simple clerical error, given the volume of applications they process, which are usually received from the energy companies’ attorneys.

What this can do is deprive individuals of the chance to intervene and attend a hearing that was scheduled to be in their area, because, once it’s discovered, it usually has to be readvertised and rescheduled, probably in another remote location since hearings are rotated around the state.

Upon scanning the COGCC website for relevant hearing notices, viewers are lulled into a false sense of security when the wrong county is listed on the main hearing chart. The correct legal may be buried in the application, which then has to be viewed separately, something viewers probably wouldn’t do if they don’t see their county listed.

Get the picture? Or when the wrong legal is published in the paper, most people would dismiss it as not relevant to their area. For example, none of Garfield County is in T7N, or Township Seven North, like the hearing advertised on May 21 with a protest date of June 2. (That gives roughly seven business days to respond and with a major holiday in between.)

Some would say all of this is more than a clerical error as some energy companies have perfected the art of smoke and mirrors, and what better way to lessen intervention than to hide the pertinent notification by mislabeling it. Or maybe it’s just a simple “cut and paste” error, right?

Linda Dixon

New Castle

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