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Oil and Gas Committee - Minutes     
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Minutes of the Oil and Gas Committee Meeting

February 16, 2012

City Hall, 107 N. Nevada, Pikes Peak Conference Room

Colorado Springs, CO 80903



Councilmember Val Snider, Chair

Councilmember Brandy Williams, Vice Chair – arrived at 10:00

Randy Case, O&G Committee Member – in person and via telephone at 10:05

Stephen Harris, O&G Committee Member

Michael Martin, O&G Committee Member

Jan Handke, O&G Committee Member

Chris Mendrop, O&G Committee Member

Jennifer Biever, Hogan Lovells

Steve Cox – Mayor’s Office – departed at 11:00

Ed McCord, O&G Committee Member


Councilmember Angela Dougan, Communications Lead

John Maynard, O&G Committee Member


Councilmember and Committee Chair Val Snider opened the meeting at 8:30 a.m.


Introductions were made by all present.


Kevin Rein, Division of Water Resources – Water Resources and Oil and Gas Development in Colorado

Dan Pastor, TetraTech – COGA presentation on water for oil and gas exploration

Break– Reconvene at 10:05

Open Discussion

Councilmember Snider asked the Committee to consider what they think would be important issues for Colorado Springs, as a city, to regulate.

Jennifer Biever, consultant from Hogan Lovells will provide a matrix regarding what can and cannot be regulated.  Pre-emption is a big issue.

It was suggested that the Committee begin to organize the starting points based on concerns, then list those concerns and make recommendations.

A preliminary list of concerns includes:

  1. Water supply
  2. Water testing
  3. Water contamination issues
  4. Waste water disposal
  5. Traffic
  6. Emergency response
  7. Sensitive area issues
  8. Property values
  9. Impact on utilities
  10. Noise
  11. Infrastructure

It was suggested that the Committee consider a “yes,” “no,” or “maybe” approach to what the City can and cannot control.

It was suggested that the Committee better understand the LGD process.

It was suggested that the Committee hear from representatives from El Paso County regarding their experience with oil and gas regulations.

Jennifer Biever told the Committee that they would be suggesting policy not just for Banning Lewis Ranch, but for Colorado Springs as a whole.

It was decided to keep the meetings at 3 hours instead 4.

Actions for Next Meeting

The Committee will begin to hone in on what its concerns and abilities are regarding the recommendations it will present to City Council.

Committee Chair Val Snider adjourned the meeting at 11:40 a.m.

Next Meeting Feb. 23, 8:30-11:30, in the Pikes Peak Room of Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, 80903