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oil and gas forum Northwest Oil & Gas Forum
The next Northwest Colorado Oil & Gas Forum is Thursday, December 3rd, at the Rifle CMC Campus, 3695 Airport Road, Rifle. The program begins at 10 am and concludes by 12:00 pm. Educational presentation: Daniel Vigil, MD, MPH - Program Manager , Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program, "Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's New Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program." Dr. Vigil will introduce the Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program, a new program that will respond to Coloradoan's health concerns about oil and gas. This program was created by recommendation of the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force.

Additional updates on oil and gas topics will be presented by:
• Garfield County
• Bureau of Land Management
• Community Counts
• Energy industry representatives

The Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum is an informal gathering of local, state, and federal government officials, oil and gas industry representatives, and citizens that have met regularly since 1989. The purpose of the Forum is to share information about oil and gas development in northwest Colorado and to make government officials and oil and gas industry representatives easily accessible to the public. Co-Chairs are Mike Samson, Garfield County Commissioner and Matt Lepore, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Director.

Community Counts Colorado
Natural gas industry hotline 1-866-442-9034

inventory resource New Oil & Gas office location
The Oil and Gas Division of the Garfield County Community Development Department has moved. The office is now located at 144 East 3rd Street, Suite 206, in downtown Rifle.

Oil & Gas Task Force final recommendations
Nine recommendations have been approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force as its final recommendations to the Governor. Each recommendation included in the Task Force Recommendations exceeded the two-thirds voting threshold established by the Governor. The final report was submitted to Governor Hickenlooper on February 27th, 2015.
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Mike Sampson

inventory resource Energy Resource Inventory
Garfield County has received the completed Phase I Energy Resource Inventory from TRC Solutions. The Garfield County commissioners will 'test drive' this inventory before considering the design for a Phase II, currently envisioned as a policy development exercise to guide future land use decisions.
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Mamm Creek
The Board of County Commissioners received an update regarding the 2004 West Divide Seep remediation activities and down hole East Mamm Creek area Conditions of Approval at the February 10, 2014 Work Session.
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Mamm Creek gas well

O & G forum Energy & Environment Symposium
Garfield County and the Unconventional Energy Center at Colorado Mesa University will host local government representatives in a symposium on education regarding oil and gas extraction April 29-30 in Rifle.
Mamm CreekAir rulemaking
On February 23, 2014, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (“Commission”) fully adopted EPA’s Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Distribution found in 40 C.F.R. Part 60, Subpart OOOO (“NSPS OOOO”) into Regulation Number 6, Part A.

The commission adopted corresponding revisions to its emissions reporting and permitting framework in Regulation Number 3, Parts A, B, and C.

It also adopted complementary oil and gas control measures in Regulation Number 7. A fact sheet summarizing these revisions is now posted on the commission's website.

Mamm Creek gas well Energy Advisory Board Citizen Representative opportunity
Interested in energy issues? The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board is requesting letters of interest from applicants who are interested in serving as a volunteer citizen representative for the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek areas.
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Hydrocarbon contamination in Parachute
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Weekly status report, September 9 to 15 -|
Map of Hydrocarbon contamination

Garfield County's Oil & Gas Division serves as a liaison between the citizens and the energy industry. The county does not regulate oil and gas drilling, but does serve as the local government designee to the State Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which issues drilling permits. If you are a citizen of Garfield County, and you have questions or concerns about oil and gas operations, please feel free to contact us at 970-625-5915.

You may also contact an energy company directly by calling the industry hotline known as Community Counts at 1-866-442-9034. Click on Community Counts Colorado for more information, including a map of active drilling rig locations, meetings and events.

Please note that well pads are private property, and unauthorized access constitutes trespass. If you need information about activities on a pad, please contact Community Counts Colorado, or our office if you would like us to submit your inquiry for you.

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Energy Advisory Board
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners formed the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board (EAB) in 2004. Its mission is to provide a forum for the oil and gas industry, the public, impacted landowners and local government to prevent or minimize conflict associated with oil and gas development through positive and proactive communication and actions that encourage responsible and balanced development of these resources within Garfield County.

The EAB investigates citizen complaints, and works with energy companies to facilitate solutions. If we cannot reach a resolution, we may contact the COGCC or other regulatory authorities. Our Oil and Gas Liaison is also responsible for making reports to the Board of County Commissioners, and coordinates with the BLM and other agencies on energy-related issues.

The EAB is currently seeking citizen representatives. Citizen representatives on the EAB are available to hear comments and complaints from residents in their areas. For more information about the EAB, and a map of citizen representation areas and contacts, click here.

The EAB meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm in Rifle.

Oil & gas permitting:
Although Garfield County does not regulate drilling directly, some of our regulations do affect the energy industry. For example, oversized vehicles are subject to permits from the Road & Bridge Department and certain facilities must obtain land use and building permit approvals from the Garfield County Community Development Department. Please contact these departments with any specific questions.

Energy operators:
We are often contacted by people wanting to know what companies operate in Garfield County. Our office is not charged with the responsibility of assisting businesses with marketing, but visitors to our website who want to find out what companies are operating here are encouraged to check the information in Emergency Contacts and Related Links. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission registers oil and gas operators throughout the state. Their website is:

Residence reports:
The 2010 DOLA Employee Residence Reports (ERR's) are due on April 30, 2011. Forms and more information can be found at

Oil and Gas Division
144 East 3rd Street Suite 206
Rifle, CO 81650

Kirby Wynn
Oil & Gas Liaison
970-625-5905 | phone
Email Kirby

  Nancy Payne
Oil & Gas Assistant
(970) 625-5915 | Phone

  Frederic Jarman
Community Development Director
ext. 1540 | phone
Email Fred

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