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Oil and Gas Committee - Minutes     
Thursday, March 08, 2012

Minutes of the Oil and Gas Committee Meeting

March 8, 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 – arrived 8:50, departed 10:00, arrived 10:40

Dick Anderwald, LGD

Chris Melcher, City Attorney – departed 10:35

Steve Cox – Mayor’s Office – departed 9:40

Randy Case, O&G Committee Member – departed 10:00

Stephen Harris, O&G Committee Member

Michael Martin, O&G Committee Member

Jan Handke, O&G Committee Member – arrived 9:05

Chris Mendrop, O&G Committee Member

Ed McCord, O&G Committee Member

John Maynard, O&G Committee Member – arrived 8:45

Howard Boigon – Consultant

Jennifer Biever - Consultant




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


Introductions were made by all present.

Chris Melcher explained that today’s topic of discussion would be an overview of current State law, Colorado Supreme Court decisions and COGCC rules, and how they all will play into a framework for what Colorado Springs can regulate. 


Ana Gutierrez, attorney/consultant from Hogan Lovells, discussed Colorado court cases regarding oil and gas and how these relate to local and state regulation.

Jeff Wilson, Attorney for Colorado Municipal League, discussed municipalities’ roles in local regulation of oil and gas.


Actions for Next Meeting

The committee was informed of a March 19, 2012, visit to an Ultra Petroleum drill site in El Paso County.  Committee members are to respond, via email, to Councilmember Snider by noon on Friday, March 9, 2012, as to whether or not they will be attending.

The Committee will continue to hone in on what its concerns and abilities are regarding the gas and oil regulations it will recommend to City Council.

Committee Chair Val Snider adjourned the meeting at 11:15 a.m.

Next Meeting: March 15, 8:30-11:30, in the Pikes Peak Room of Colorado Springs City Hall, at 107 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, 80903