Oil and gas comments posted, public hearings postponed
June 10 Update:
During discussion at the June 8 Study Session, City Council requested additional time to review and provide feedback on the proposed regulations. Staff will then review council’s feedback, update the draft regulations as necessary, and finalize a draft ordinance to present for public hearings at the planning commission and city council. Dates for those meetings will be announced once a new schedule is determined.
The story below (originally posted June 5) has been updated to reflect the most recent information.
An extended public comment period on proposed updates to the city’s oil and gas regulations ended on May 29. The city received more than 200 submissions during the comment period, which began March 10. All public comments and comment letters received by the city are now available online at c3gov.com/OilGas. Staff responses to some of these comments are also available for review, including revisions to the draft regulations in response to comments received.
The proposed regulations were presented to city council for feedback at the virtual study session on Monday, June 8. Archived video from the study session is available to view online at c3gov.com/video (discussion runs from about 1:04:30 to 2:16:30 on the video file).
Once all city council feedback has been received, staff will evaluate any additional changes and finalize a draft of ordinance #2266, which will be discussed at public hearings at the planning commission and city council (dates are all TBD as of June 10). Each of these meetings will include additional opportunities for public comment.
The proposed regulations consider many different factors, including feedback from the public and other stakeholders, recent changes in state law and regulatory agencies, scientific studies, legislative actions taken by other jurisdictions, and extensive oil and gas Best Management Practices (BMPs) focused on protecting health, safety, welfare, quality of life, and the environment. The city’s priorities for future oil and gas development that may occur in the city are to minimize impacts and maximize protections for the community.
Learn more about oil and gas in Commerce City at c3gov.com/OilGas.
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