Commission Rules Under Construction: COGCC Mission Change Whitepaper Released

Related Attorney: Diana S. Prulhiere

Published: November 11, 2019

Many changes are on the horizon, as the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission’s (“COGCC”) rules are under construction. On November 1st, the COGCC released its Mission Change Whitepaper (“Whitepaper”). For the full text of the Whitepaper, click here

The Whitepaper provides a broad overview of certain rule changes contemplated by the passage of Senate Bill 19-181, which among other things changed the mission of the COGCC from “fostering the responsible, balanced development” of oil and gas resources in the State of Colorado, to “regulating” it.

As a reminder, Senate Bill 19-181, now enacted as C.R.S. § 34-60-106(2.5)(a), specifically provides that “the Commission shall regulate oil and gas operations in a reasonable manner to protect and minimize adverse impacts to public health, safety, welfare, the environment, and wildlife resources and shall protect against adverse environmental impacts on any air, water, soil, or biological resource resulting from oil and gas operations.”

The Whitepaper is intended to “facilitate meaningful stakeholder conversations and rule language development.” Some of the major proposals for future rulemakings as discussed in the Whitepaper are as follows:

The stakeholder meeting to review the Whitepaper originally scheduled for November 7th has been cancelled. Instead, feedback is being sought though individual stakeholder meetings and from comments submitted though the Public Comment Portal, found here.

Big changes are underway in the Colorado regulatory context.  Stay tuned for more as these changes develop.

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