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RG County passes oil, gas regulations

Posted: Thursday, Oct 3rd, 2013

DEL NORTE — Basing their decision on the serious need for change, the Rio Grande Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Sept. 25 adopted a tougher oil and gas operations code, while acknowledging it needs more “teeth.”

Commission Chair Karla Shriver noted a motion to adopt an updated code was made and seconded in February, but no vote was taken. That motion could be disapproved, approved as a “living document,” with a task force created to work on changes, or table it until further notice.

The motion was killed, and discussion led to a motion by Bricker that the matter be tabled, pending further consideration.

Veteran commissioner Doug Davie pointed out that “if they came in today with a permit, we would have to abide by the old regulations.”

Shriver suggested, “Approve it today, then get together a task force and consider all the comments and suggestions. Everyone needs to have a seat at the table and add to the decision.”

For the complete article see the 10-03-2013 issue.

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