Colorado Springs’ oil and gas committee wrapped up three months of study Thursday on how the city should regulate the industry, but its recommendations leave some big details for City Council to fill in.
The committee’s consensus was that Colorado Springs’ existing land use process could be adapted to cover oil and gas exploration, said committee member Randy Case.
“We didn’t want to re-create the wheel for this new industry effort if we didn’t have to,” he said.
The committee’s recommendation to City Council is that the city should either pass its own regulations or reach an agreement with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to cover areas such as water quality monitoring, requiring drillers to file a site plan and public notification for drilling permits, and that the city should charge fees to cover its costs in regulating the industry.
“I think we gave pretty good direction in terms of what we thought was important,” said committee member John Maynard. MORE …