Oil & Gas Public Hearing
Thornton City Council will hold a public hearing regarding regulations for oil and gas operations in Thornton on July 25th at 7 pm. Council will hear information to decide whether to repeal existing regulations and approve a new set of regulations. Public input will be heard at this meeting.
The proposed regulations are applicable to new oil and gas developments and allow for three alternative paths to obtain a permit. The proposed regulations address application requirements, setback requirements, and mitigation requirements, along with the process for an oil and gas operator to obtain a permit. Attached to this communication are a number of supporting documents that informed the recommended regulations, the COGCC notice to operators regarding flowline inspections, and comments from resident groups with environmental concerns and comments from oil and gas industry representatives. The proposed regulations and oil and gas industry impacts have been discussed by City Council at over 20 meetings since January of 2016. City Council and staff have conducted outreach with residents, industry representatives, and State regulators, including COGCC and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The current oil and gas regulations were adopted in 1993, with a recodification in 2011.
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