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Formal designation regarding county's oil and gas resources to be considered at Monday meeting

Posted on 06/07/2019
Formal designation regarding county's oil and gas resources to be considered at Monday meeting

At its board meeting on Monday June 10 at 9 a.m., the Weld County Commissioners will consider a resolution to formally designate all unincorporated areas of the county as being under the purview of county government. Meetings are held in the hearing room of the Weld County Administration Building, located at 1150 O Street in Greeley. Public participation and comment is welcome.

“We are considering this designation in order to provide regulatory stability for the energy industry, to protect the interests of Weld County property owners, and, most importantly, to secure certainty for the women and men who work in the energy industry,” Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “Land-use matters are best handled at a local level not through state regulations.”

Senate Bill 181, which delegates authority over oil and gas permitting from the state to local governments, allows Weld County Government to maintain local control over mineral resources in unincorporated Weld County.

“The designation we’re considering doesn’t only impact the energy industry but Weld County as a whole. The decisions the state makes have a direct impact on our residents, our economy and our way of life,” Kirkmeyer said. “We encourage residents to attend this meeting and make their voices heard on this important issue.”