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February 28, 2017

Boulder County Responds to Oil & Gas Industry’s Intervention on Lawsuit Filed by the Colorado Attorney General

**Correction included in Statement from the Board of County Commissioners**

Boulder County, Colo. - Late last week, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), and the American Petroleum Institute (API) intervened in the lawsuit filed against Boulder County by the Colorado Attorney General. This move came of no surprise to Boulder County.

As scheduled in earlier in the year, the county plans to move forward with a public hearing on its draft oil and gas regulations on Tuesday, March 14 beginning at 2 p.m. The county maintains that the current temporary moratorium which is set to expire on May 1, 2017, is consistent with the Colorado Supreme Court cases involving the cities of Ft. Collins and Longmont last year.

Boulder County is expected to release its draft regulations for public review on March 7. The draft will be posted on the Oil & Gas website and will include responses to comments and direction given by the County Commissioners at a public hearing last November.

Members of the public are invited to attend the March 14 hearing or send comments by email to: Speaker sign-ups for individuals and pooled time groups will open on Wednesday, March 1 beginning at noon. For more information on the meeting or to learn how to sign up to speak, see March 14 meeting notice.

Statement from the Boulder County Commissioners

“It is not surprising that the oil and gas industry has involved itself with this lawsuit. It is further evidence that the State is pursuing the interests of the oil and gas industry over the interests of Colorado citizens who will be adversely affected by the mega-drilling facilities that are being proposed throughout the state.”