The state's current regimen of oil and gas regulation is working well, and Delta County doesn't need changes that would shift enforcement and costs onto local governments, the BoCC has told Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The county retains a 20-hour-per-month contract employee on staff, the "local government designee" or LGD.
He works for the county as a liaison with the state oil and gas regulator, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
In a letter to the governor opposing an idea of local jurisdictions taking authority over energy regulations and enforcement, the commissioners say the idea is a bad one for Delta County. The idea of local initiative in energy regulation and enforcement is one that would burden Delta County with costs it can't bear, says the commissioners' letter.
"Delta County does not have the additional resources to take over state regulation of oil and gas activities within our county.
"Attempts to end Colorado's statewide approach to energy regulation would invite more politics into our energy policy at a time when there is too much already, inevitably triggering regulatory chaos that chases energy investment to the many states that have embraced a balance approach to energy development."
Delta's county's approach has been to "fully fund a Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission LGD, Bruce Bertram. He is paid out of our limited county general fund because we believe it is critical to have a person on staff providing oversight of the industry who is knowledgeable of the environmental concerns, regulatory process, and practicality of business operation.
"Bertram provides the bridge between our energy and local conservation community and is very effective with the approach."blog comments powered by Disqus