LOGIC maintained a presence at the 2016 Colorado State Legislature. Through earned and social media, through community outreach and education, LOGIC ensured that the legislature heard from impacted Colorado citizens on oil and gas legislation. This included a LOGIC lobby day where over 20 impacted citizens turned out to speak out for local planning and zoning authority on oil and gas, a media round table with Representative Salazar, and a meet and greet with impacted Coloradans from the Western Slope.
This winter, LOGIC helped to ensure a relevant and effective citizen voice in the 2015-2016 Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rule Making. For the first time, citizens participated as stakeholders and parties in each of the rule making hearings – addressing alternate siting analysis, setbacks from schools, and traffic impacts. LOGIC lent legal and communications support to a coalition of citizen organizations.
LOGIC continues to work with community groups and individuals to raise their voices and concerns in an effective and relevant way with the COGCC.
Local Government Work In Adams County
Through community organizing and education, LOGIC worked with Adams County to take its first steps toward stronger regulations concerning oil and gas. Among those regulations, Adams County has now dedicated two new full time positions to help oversee and monitor oil and gas in including an Oil and Gas Inspector and a Local Government Designee. LOGIC continues to work with community groups and residents to bring about further updates to both Adams County and City of Thornton regulations, which have not been updated in nearly thirty years.
The BLM’s draft methane rule, which was released in February of 2016 requires oil and gas operators to cut their emissions by 40-45% by 2025. The draft rule will begin to help alleviate the air quality impacts to Western Slope residents. At the March, 1 BLM hearing in Lakewood, LOGIC helped to turn out over 25 Coloradans from as far away as Greeley and Paonia to speak out on the need to cut waste and reduce methane emissions produced by oil and gas development.
While Colorado has led the way in reducing methane waste, added federal precautions will save and benefit the state economically. Since 2009, Colorado has lost more than $36 million in royalties revenues – that is enough to fund approximately 60% of the westbound Twin Tunnels expansion to ease congestion on I-70.
LOGIC continues to engage across Colorado to help raise citizen voices on the issue of air quality and oil and gas.