January 17, 2009
The new Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules provide minimum protections to sensitive wildlife habitat. Although Colorado Wildlife Federation worked hard to gain a greater, reasonable level of protection, this compromise must be supported and defended in this session of the Colorado General Assembly. Critics are attempting to weaken the rules right now.
As the rules are written, oil and gas operators must review maps for sensitive wildlife habitat areas maintained by the COGCC to determine whether a proposed oil and gas drilling location is within the area. If within such area, then the operator must take certain measures or consult with the Division of Wildlife to discuss recommended permit conditions. The rules are posted on the COGCC website. The wildlife rules are 1201-1205.