Press Statements

Statement from COGA President & CEO, Tisha Schuller on Ruling that Longmont Ban is Illegal

“Following the passage of a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Loveland in November 2012, the Colorado & Gas Association filed a motion for summary judgment to overturn the ban on the basis of long-standing state law. “Today, Judge D.D. Mallard upheld COGA’s motion of summary judgment and reaffirmed that local governments cannot ban fracking and that oil and gas development is an activity of statewide interest. COGA values the important role of local governments in oil and gas oversight, and will continue to work with our communities to ensure that our 150-year history of co-existence continues harmoniously. Read More »

Statement from COGA President & CEO Tisha Schuller on Courts Decision that Lafayette Fracking Ban is Illegal and Violates State Law

“For the third time in a month, a Colorado district judge has ruled that a local ban on fracking clearly violates state law. Today’s ruling was unequivocal, with Judge D.D. Mallard saying the operational conflict between the state’s robust framework of regulations and local bans is “obvious and patent on its face.” I couldn’t agree more, and I hope her ruling ends the activist effort to pass illegal bans against energy development. The Court clearly stated that “Lafayette does not have the authority, in a matter of mixed state and local concern, to negate the authority of the State. It does not have the authority to prohibit wha ... Read More »

Statement from Colorado Oil & Gas Association President Tisha Schuller on Finding in Favor of Action to Dismiss Fort Collins Fracking Ban

“Today was yet another clear and unequivocal victory for Coloradans and for the strong, robust and vibrant system of oil and gas regulations in our state. For the second time in thirty days a Colorado district court found that local fracking bans clearly violate state law and upheld COGA's request for summary judgment to dismiss the ban in Fort Collins. Read More »

Statement from COGA Chairman Tom Sheffield and President Tisha Schuller Regarding Governor’s announcement on ballot initiatives

DENVER (August 4, 2014) – The following statements from Tisha Schuller, COGA President & CEO, and Tom Sheffield, COGA Chairman of the Board, are in reaction to the Governor’s announcement today regarding the creation of a Blue Ribbon Commission and pulling of the ballot initiatives. Statement from Tisha Schuller, President and CEO, Colorado Oil & Gas Association:  “We commend Governor Hickenlooper for never giving up on trying to find a compromise. By putting the state’s interests ahead of politics, the Governor has a cleared a path for conversation and understanding, rather than fighting through talking points. These i ...

Statement of Doug Flanders, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Colorado Oil & Gas Association, regarding Colorado’s new air quality control rules

DENVER — “Oil and gas operators in Colorado strive to protect the health and safety of our communities and environment every day; after all, these are the communities where we are raising our families. The rulemaking process demonstrated a commitment to bringing all stakeholders together. The new rules accomplish much, which we support. Unfortunately, we were not successful in ensuring that the rule accommodates the differences in basins and operators. Nevertheless, we are committed to working with our operators, our communities, and the state to successfully and effectively implement these rules.” Read More »