The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has completed hearings to address sweeping changes to its mission, from “fostering” to “regulating” the industry.  

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The changes, which among other things also address wildlife mitigation impacts, were required by the state Senate Bill (SB) 19-181 signed into law last year. Hearings began in August to address the latest rulemakings.

The mission change is meant to protect public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources. 

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) director Dan Gibbs called the changes a “watershed moment in Colorado’s oversight of oil and gas development in our state.”

Gibbs had sponsored state House Bill 2007-1298, which first set out “to find a balance between...