Press Statements

Colorado Oil & Gas Association Statement on Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission resuming its hearing on strengthening fines and penalties on oil and gas industry

Denver, CO - January 5, 2015 -- Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGGC) will resume its deliberations on Monday January 5, 2015, to implement House Bill 14-1356, which increases fines and penalties on oil and gas companies who were out of compliance with the Colorado’s comprehensive oil and gas rules and regulations. After two days of hearings on December 15th and 16th, 2014, the COGCC decided to delay its final decision on the how to best implement the new rule. However, contrary to some media reports, the COGCC did not delay its decision on Dec 16th because of “intense oil and gas industry pushback” but according to th ... Read More »

Statement from Tisha Schuller, President and CEO of COGA, and David Ludlam, Executive Director of West Slope COGA Praising the Roan Plateau Announcement

DENVER (November 21, 2014) – The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) and the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association (WSCOGA) today released a statement praising the Roan Plateau announcement by Governor Hickenlooper and Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell. Statement from David Ludlam, Executive Director, West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association: “Today we celebrate the local governments and tireless elected officials of Northwest Colorado who secured responsible drilling on one of Western Colorado's most important energy reserves. Tomorrow, we'll get back to work supporting the BLM and helping them expedite their ap ... Read More »

Statement from Tisha Schuller, President and CEO of COGA, on Governor’s Task Force

DENVER (September 9, 2014) – The Colorado Oil & Gas Association today released a statement from its President and CEO Tisha Schuller regarding the empaneling of Governor John Hickenlooper’s energy task force: “We look forward to working with the Governor’s task force and participating in the dialogue about oil and gas development in Colorado. COGA hopes the task force provides information and insight into what is already a robust regulatory system with a strong role for local governments,” stated Schuller. “After a divisive summer, I am hopeful this panel of diverse voices and interests will find, and promote, workable s ... Read More »

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 »