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Letter: Thanks for COGCC approach

On behalf of the Piceance Energy Action Council, I would like to thank the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Executive Director Matt Lapore for visiting with local government representatives in Rifle last Wednesday to discuss proposed new rule changes and to hear from the local communities.

I would also like to thank those local county and municipal officials who attended to make sure the voices of those communities whose economies depend on oil and gas development were heard. I especially want to thank Garfield County Commissioner John Martin for helping to facilitate the meeting.

As the local government representatives told the COGCC, oil and gas production is still a vital part of our economy on the West Slope, and a careful approach to regulation needs to be taken to ensure it remains so. A one-size-fits all approach to oil and gas regulation does not work in Colorado, which is why the input and cooperation of local governments is so important.

The municipal and county governments in northwest Colorado have done a superb job at representing our region’s economic interests by making sure that the COGCC is aware of our concerns, and that regulations need to be reasonable and not overreaching.

Keira Bresnahan

Piceance Energy Action Council, chairwoman

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