Press Statements

Colorado Oil & Gas Association and Environmental Defense Fund – Joint Statement on Air Quality Control Commission Vote on New Air Regulations

 DENVER (November 16, 2017) – Statement from the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF):  The Air Quality Control Commission today voted to strengthen air quality requirements for the Denver Metro/North Front Range Ozone Non-Attainment Area by approving revisions to Colorado’s Regulation 7.  Revisions include the following new oil and gas regulatory requirements: increased inspection frequency for certain facilities in the Leak Detection and Repair Program, a new inspection program for pneumatic controllers, and a mutual commitment to further evaluate and analyze potential areas ... Read More »

Statement from Dan Haley, President & CEO, Colorado Oil & Gas Association regarding Thornton Lawsuit

Today the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) filed a lawsuit, in partnership with the American Petroleum Institute (API), to challenge the City of Thornton’s new oil and gas regulations. Thornton’s City Council passed illegal energy regulations in August after an extremely limited stakeholder process. COGA and other willing contributors were given little to no opportunity to offer feedback on the proposed rules. Still, to avoid litigation, we submitted multiple letters articulating serious legal concerns with Thornton’s proposed regulations, particularly regarding operational preemption. Those concerns were ignored, making it ne ... Read More »

Statement from the Colorado Oil & Gas Association on Alleged Findings in CU School of Public Health Study

DENVER (February 15, 2017) – Statement from the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) regarding the allegations in University of Colorado School of Public Health study: “This is a very serious allegation. If you recall, Lisa McKenzie’s last major study in 2014 was disavowed by state health officials and in fact the state’s top health official went so far as to say the public could be “misled” by it. University researchers shouldn’t be in the game of scaring people just to secure additional funding. Still, public health is obviously of great concern to our industry and we will review her data immediately. We also look for ... Read More »

Statement from Colorado Oil & Gas Association Regarding Colorado Attorney General’s Decision to File Lawsuit Against Boulder County for Moratorium

DENVER (February 14, 2017) – Statement from Dan Haley, President and CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) regarding the Colorado Attorney General’s decision to file a lawsuit against Boulder County’s long-term moratorium on oil and gas development: “It's not about drilling, or fracking, or pipelines, it's about the law. And the law is clear: Long-term moratoriums -- and this one is over five years now -- are illegal. Boulder County shouldn’t be surprised that the Attorney General cares about the rule of law in Colorado.”   Read More »

Colorado Oil & Gas Association statement regarding Colorado School of Public Health Report

March 21, 2012 - The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) appreciates the work being done by Colorado’s institutions of higher education and relies on them for unbiased, non-politicized data and information. Unfortunately, the latest study by the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), entitled Human Health Risk Assessment of Air Emissions from Development of Unconventional Natural Gas Resources, does not reach that standard. Several years ago, the CSPH was tasked to conduct the Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for Garfield County regarding oil and gas activity in the area. However, the draft HIA was critiqued as poli ... Read More »