Activists Pack Greeley Oil And Gas Regulators Meeting

(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
<p>In this Dec. 5, 2012 photo, the sun sets behind an oil pump jack and the Rocky Mountains near Fredrick, Colo.</p>

We just witnessed a silent/walkout at the Greeley COGCC meeting.

A public meeting of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission welcomed a tough crowd Monday night in Greeley writes The Denver Post. Members of Coloradans Against Fracking brought a two-page document rejecting the commission's authority on grounds that they favored industry.

"It has become obvious that the COGCC doesn't care about the people of Colorado, and that it is focused on fostering the oil and gas industry that is forcing extreme energy extraction on the people of our state,” said CAF Spokeswoman Karen Dike in a press release.

The presentation of the document interrupted the COGCC session aimed at giving the public a say in the implementation of two recommendations from Gov. John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force. Lawmakers set up that task force to balance oil and gas production with environmental and public health concerns.

COGCC director Matt Lepore said that the series of public meeting have helped guide the regulations toward specific questions like: should operators have to consult with neighboring jurisdictions near drill sites?

The commission has already held similar public meetings in Broomfield, Brighton and Rifle. The last meeting will be held in Durango on Thursday.