Arapahoe County is working to provide a framework for responsible exploration and production of oil and gas resources which:
- Conserves natural resources;
- Is sensitive to surrounding land uses;
- Mitigates potential adverse impacts, such as noise, odor, light pollution, water pollution and/or damage to County infrastructure;
- Protects the public health, safety, welfare and environment of the County.
The Board of County Commissioners will discuss and consider a proposed Oil and Gas Memorandum of Understanding and Administrative Process Regulation (Land Development Code Section 12-1900) at a Public Meeting at 9:30 a.m., April 30, 2013, in the Arapahoe County Administration Building, East Hearing Room, 5334 S. Prince St., Littleton, 80120.
Oil and Gas Regulation:
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has regulatory authority over oil and gas drilling and production, including issuance of oil and gas permits.
Arapahoe County has the authority to address land-use impacts within its jurisdiction. The County is working to address local
land-use concerns to protect the community and environment through the following avenues:
- The Board of County Commissioners voted in 2012 to work closely with the COGCC, which has passed some of the most comprehensive
regulations in the nation for oil and gas operations.
- Oil and gas operators in unincorporated Arapahoe County must undergo the County’s Use by Special Review process to address County-specific concerns for each permit application, such as noise, odor, light pollution, water quality
and damage to infrastructure from heavy equipment on County roads.
- The County has been working with COGCC and industry representatives to develop a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines industry best practices beyond what is required by state regulations.
- The County also will adopt an Administrative Process in 2013 for operators who sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
- The County is conducting a study on potential impacts to roadways from oil and gas operations.
- The County will appoint a committee of industry representatives to meet with staff to work through County-specific concerns to create appropriate solutions. The meetings will be posted
and open to the public.
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