GREELEY — A collaborative review group will study Colorado’s regulations on hydraulic fracturing and report the findings later in the year.
David Neslin, executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said Colorado volunteered to be reviewed — reviews always are done voluntarily — by State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, or STRONGER, a nonprofit, multi-stakeholder organization.
“This process dates back about 20 years,” said Neslin, who is vice chairman of the STRONGER board. “Many states have been reviewed in that period of time, including Colorado. We went through one about 14 years ago.”
As hydrofracking grew more prominent in recent years, Neslin said, STRONGER came up with fracking guidelines.
STRONGER’s nine-member board is made up of three representatives of state regulatory bodies, three from environmental groups and three from the oil and gas industry.