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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Oil and Gas Update - COGCC School Setback Rulemaking on December 17-18

COGCC School Setback Rulemaking

On December 17-18, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) will consider amendments to its Rules of Practice and Procedure to clarify setback requirements for oil and gas facilities from school and childcare center areas.

The City of Lafayette has joined three other local government agencies: Boulder County, City and County of Broomfield, and City of Longmont, to request party status to testify in the prehearing process and hearing.

The petition for this hearing has requested current regulations be changed to require new oil and gas wells and production facilities be sited no closer than 1,000 feet from the perimeter of a school or childcare center “property line”, as opposed to a “building” as is currently required.

Public Participation
The City and COGCC encourage the public to participate in the rulemaking by commenting on the proposed rules in advance of or during the rulemaking hearing. Any person may submit written comments in advance of the hearing pursuant to the procedures described below. In addition, any person may participate in the process and offer oral testimony during the public comment period at the hearing. The Commission may place a time limit on public comments during the hearing depending on the number of people who wish to comment.

Persons wishing to make oral comments at the hearing, specific to this rulemaking, are encouraged to sign up in advance via emailing to DNA no later than Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00pm. Those who sign-up in advance will be given priority during the public comment period. Those submitting written comments should email them to the same address, also by Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:00 pm.

Additional details and information regarding the School Setback Rulemaking may be found at .

Rulemaking Hearing
December 17-18, 2018
COGCC Denver Office
Wasatch Hearing Room
1120 Lincoln St / Denver, CO 80203

The City's Oil and Gas Information and Resources webpage provides a number of resources for residents looking to gather information including;

  • A timeline of actions being taken by Lafayette City Council to address potential Oil and gas issues in Lafayette
  • Oil and gas FAQs
  • Lafayette well maps
  • Public participation at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)
  • Also included on this page is a link to the Boulder County Oil and Gas Development webpage.

Additional Info from the COGCC website...
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