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When the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 181 this past April, it changed how counties and communities may approach oil and gas development within their borders. The new law prioritizes public health, safety and environmental considerations while also increasing the oversight local governments have over oil and gas land use.
In keeping with the new regulations, Arapahoe County will host two upcoming public forums that invite citizens to meet with County officials. These educational and interactive workshops will take place on Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Arapahoe Board Room at 6954 S. Lima Street in Centennial, and Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Avenue in Aurora. Both events run from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The County also is inviting all residents to take this survey about oil and gas issues and priorities whether or not they plan to attend one of the events. The survey will close on Jan. 31.
County officials have been meeting with relevant stakeholder groups since last year. These first two public gatherings are designed to solicit feedback about all aspects of oil and gas production in unincorporated parts of the County. They will also highlight the “balanced approach” the County is taking, meaning that the County is prepared to explore the economic opportunities presented by oil and gas development and will always do so while keeping our residents’ health and safety in mind.
“Arapahoe County designed its balanced approach to take advantage of the revenue opportunities oil and gas development presents while maintaining the quality of life all our residents expect,” said Jeff Baker, the commissioner for District 3, which includes much of the area that’s most likely to see these activities. “As we explore the best possible ways to conduct these operations, we welcome the input of all of our residents, particularly those who will be most affected by the activity.”
The events themselves will have multiple stations where attendees can learn about various aspects of oil and gas issues from County officials. After compiling feedback and data from the events and creating draft regulations for oil and gas development, the County will host another round of public meetings this spring to get feedback on the draft regulations. Again, we invite everyone to take our survey about oil and gas development.
For more information about Arapahoe County’s oil and gas policies and planning, visit arapahoegov.com/oilandgas.