Colo oil and gas panel gives initial OK to new rules
DENVER, Colorado ” Colorado regulators wrestled Thursday with how to fulfill the legislative mandate giving the public more input into how the state’s energy boom is managed.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gave preliminary approval to rules that would give more consideration to public health and safety as well as environmental and wildlife concerns when approving energy development.
The rules include requiring area residents be notified of proposed developments, and requiring input from state wildlife and health experts in certain cases.
The commission will meet Sept. 22-23 to discuss proposed regulations to protect wildlife and manage waste pits.
The panel could vote as early as late September on final regulations, which the Legislature will review.