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Posted on: January 12, 2018

Oil and Gas activity update - January 12

The Lafayette City Council is dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents from the potential impacts of oil and gas operations, and are exploring many fronts to address the pending 8 North LLC applications. Staff has recently received updates on the following;

January 12, 2018 update:

Public comment at the January 29/30 Spacing and Density Hearing has been **RESCHEDULED** for March 19/20, 2018:
The COGCC hearing date originally scheduled for January 29/30, 2018, has been continued (rescheduled) to March 19/20, 2018. This COGCC hearing is being held to consider 8 North LLC’s spacing and density application in Lafayette/Boulder County. The public will be allowed to speak and/or provide input in some way, but the COGCC has informed the City that they are "looking at instituting some changes for our public comment process". Instructions on how to get involved and provide input for this specific meeting will be shared with residents as soon as additional information and clarity are received from the COGCC staff. When available, the agenda for this hearing will be posted on the on this COGCC webpage.

8 North LLC Spacing and Density Application Appeal:
In early January, the COGCC hearing officer denied Lafayette/Boulder County’s joint “Intervention and Protest” and “Motion to Dismiss” 8 North LLC’s spacing and density application.  Our legal counsel is in the process of appealing that decision, asking it be heard by the full COGCC commission.

COGCC flowline rulemaking hearings held on January 8/9, 2018:
In response to the 2017 flowline explosion and tragedy in Firestone, ten (10) local governmental agencies aligned to provide the COGCC with direction on proposed oil and gas flowline rulemaking. The COGCC held a hearing on January 8/9 to discuss their draft regulations. The City’s Building and Planning Director, Fire Chief, and outside Oil/Gas Attorney presented testimony at this hearing. The hearing has been continued to February 13 for an anticipated final rulemaking decision.  View the Affiliated Governments’ seven (7) priority issues being raised for flowline rulemaking.

The City's Oil and Gas Information and Resources webpage provides a number of resources for residents looking to gather information including;

* A timeline of actions being taken by Lafayette City Council to address potential oil and gas issues in Lafayette

* Oil and gas FAQs

* Lafayette well maps

* Public participation at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)

* Also included on this page is a link to the Boulder County Oil and Gas Development webpage.
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