Press Statements

Statement from Tisha Schuller, President and CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association on Governor John Hickenlooper’s Task Force on Oil and Gas moving forward nine recommendations, seven of which were approved unanimously

“Today the task force recommended changes that will enhance the role of local governments. The recommendation will allow conflicts to be worked out earlier while also working to ensure local government needs are addressed in the state permitting process. That’s a positive move forward. We welcome community engagement and believe the more information that Coloradans have about oil and gas development, the more they will be open to developing our natural resources in a safe and efficient manner. The task force worked hard to find compromise on some contentious issues. That’s the Colorado way, and we are grateful for their efforts. This ... Read More »

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 »