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Your action now can protect Elbert County for years to come
Attend the August 14th meeting and use this alert to send your message

Tell the Commissioners to adopt reasonable oil and gas regulations
or allow voters to decide for themselves

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Take Action

On July 10, the Elbert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) rejected proposed Oil and Gas Regulations and a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State of Colorado which had been unanimously recommended for approval by the Planning Commission.  The proposed rules were the result of a two-year process involving citizen volunteers representing a broad range of viewpoints working with county officials to craft reasonable regulations regarding oil and gas development in Elbert County.

The regulations would protect Elbert County residents by

  •  prohibiting open pits for toxic produced water
  •  prohibiting spraying of toxic produced water to mitigate dust on county roads
  •  other important provisions  

The MOUs would protect Elbert County citizens by

  • increasing drilling set-backs to 1320 feet from homes—for public health, safety, and quality of life
  • requiring green completion systems to reduce air emissions
  • requiring operators to notify residents within a mile of production activities
  • requiring operators to thoroughly search for abandoned wells
  • increasing baseline water sampling 
  • requiring major facilities to be approved by the BOCC

The Commissioners voted down the proposal 2 to 1, with Commissioners Robert Rowland and Kurt Schlegel voting against it and Larry Ross voting in favor of it.

Please ask the BOCC to either reconsider adopting the proposed regulations and MOU or to place the measures on the ballot this fall to allow voters to decide for themselves.

The next BOCC meeting is August 14.
Only the BOCC has the legal authority to put an initiative on the ballot.


2) Attend the next County Commissioners' meeting at 9 a.m. on August 14, at the Old courthouse in Kiowa, 215 Comanche St, Kiowa 80117 (second floor).

3) Invite your friends and neighbors to join you in advocating for oil and gas regulations that will protect human health, quality of life, and property values

Jim Lockhart

Thanks for all you do for the environment in Colorado,

Jim Lockhart
Regulatory Coordinator
RMC Beyond Oil & Gas Team

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