Oil and Gas Committee - Minutes
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Minutes of the Oil and Gas Committee Meeting
January 26, 2012
City Hall, 107 N. Nevada, Pikes Peak Conference Room
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Councilmember Val Snider, Chair
Councilmember Brandy Williams, Vice Chair
Councilmember Angela Dougan, Communications Lead
Randy Case, O&G Committee Member
Stephen Harris, O&G Committee Member
Ed McCord, O&G Committee Member
Michael Martin, O&G Committee Member
Steve Cox, Mayor’s Office
John Maynard, O&G Committee Member
Jan Handke, O&G Committee Member
Chris Mendrop, O&G Committee Member
Chris Melcher, City Attorney
Howard Boigon, Hogan Lovells
Councilmember and Committee Chair Val Snider opened the meeting at 8:30 a.m.
Introductions were made by all present and Chair Snider outlined the first meeting by saying that the Committee is in the information gathering stage and not in the stage of making decisions on the Committee outcome. For now, these work sessions will not include public comment. The Committee is planning separate public input sessions in March.
City Attorney, Chris Melcher, discussed an overview of some of the legal issues regarding the gas and oil industry. He also discussed the issue of Committee members falling under the City’s Conflict of Interest laws.
Committee Objectives, Outcome, Planning Processes
Committee reviewed internal processes and objectives and will make final approval at the next meeting. It was decided that when a Committee decision needs to be made, the Chair will accept a motion from a Committee member. When the motion receives a second, the Committee will vote as a whole.
Ward Polzin, of Tudor Pickering Holt, Investment Bankers, discussed the Niobrara shale oil play as it relates to oil and gas exploration in Colorado.
It was decided that Councilmember Angela Dougan will be the spokesperson for the Committee.
Actions for Next Meeting
Next Meeting Feb. 2, 8:30-11:30 City Hall, amended to meet 8:30 – 11:00
Val Snider adjourned the meeting at 11:30 a.m.