A desire to protect the area’s water supply while allowing oil and gas drilling led El Paso County commissioners to approve an agreement Tuesday with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Commissioners clashed with the commission over the past year and in January adopted strict regulations for water testing before and after drilling. Threatened with a lawsuit by the state attorney general, commissioners amended and softened county regulations —they still required groundwater testing — but insisted the state was not strict enough.
They met in the middle with a memorandum of understanding, which the state commission is expected to approve Nov. 15.
“The regulations are going to be stricter than any others in the state of Colorado,” said senior assistant county attorney Diana May. MORE …