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Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley Praises Collaborative COGCC Rulemaking on School Setbacks

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DENVER, December 18, 2018 – Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Tracee Bentley provided the following statement regarding today’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hearing on increased setbacks from school buildings.

“The Colorado Petroleum Council and its members are supportive of today’s COGCC proposal to increase setbacks in relation to school facilities and day care centers. This rulemaking would move the boundary from current setbacks in relation to schools from the school building to the boundary of various outdoor facilities. We want to express our sincere appreciation to COGCC and their tireless efforts to fairly address the concerns of all stakeholders.

“We have worked collaboratively with the diverse array of parties involved in today’s outcome, including Boulder County, the City and County of Broomfield, the Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Conservation Colorado, the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools and 27J School District, and the Colorado Association of School Boards. Today’s rulemaking is a direct result of good-faith compromise and collaboration, and we appreciate the partnership that helped move this effort forward.

“The natural gas and oil industry likewise supports improving the notification process to schools when development occurs. We are committed to transparency and providing open lines of communication with all parties who live, work and play near natural gas and oil development. These are our communities, too, and we are committed to proactively addressing this and future issues as they present themselves.”

The Colorado Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.