Don’t ask, just learn new rules, drillers told

State officials who will train drillers in new rules for the energy industry say they will take no questions during the training sessions.

That’s because the sessions will cover a lot of ground with a lot of people, said Theo Stein, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

In some cases, there might be the opportunity to discuss the new rules after the seminars are complete, he said.

Industry officials said the state has flip-flopped on the subject of interpersonal communication and left open the door for miscommunication.

The drilling industry and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission have sparred for more than a year now on the new rules.

The commission has a page on its Web site, http://www.cogcc.state.co.us, that will be devoted to answering frequently asked questions about the rules, which go into effect in April.

One of the two-day sessions will be conducted March 16–17 in the Grand Junction City Hall auditorium.

Sending in questions or corralling an official afterward isn’t enough, said Meg Collins, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

Earlier plans for the training seminars had ensured there would be “ample opportunity” for questions, Collins said.

Without the opportunity to question staff, Collins said, “All we have left is 10 lectures, countless questions and a deadline that is less than a month away.”


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