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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD (ESAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

January 14, 2014

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Staff :

Melissa Chalona

 

Doug Ryan

Derek Esposito

 

 

Michael Jones

 

 

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Evelyn King

 

 

Ryan McShane

 

 

Joseph Wilson

 

 

 

Discussion Items:

Oil & Gas Rulemaking Regulatory Review.   The Advisory Board reviewed the Oil & Gas Rulemaking proposal scheduled to be considered by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission at a public hearing on February 19-21, 2014.  The proposal includes a range of regulatory requirements designed to reduce reactive volatile organic compound (VOC) and methane emissions from the oil and gas production sector.  The measures to be considered include full adoption of the federal New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Gas Industry (NSPS 0000), and expansion of the state’s Regulation 7 dealing with control of ozone-forming emissions.

 

Considered together, the regulations provide a comprehensive system for reducing oil and gas related emissions.  They span the well completion, storage, and production phases.  Estimates provided by the Air Pollution Control Division indicate that the emission reductions are economically reasonable compared with previous strategies adopted for ozone reduction. 

 

Following their discussion the Advisory Board adopted a unanimous motion, made by Michael Jones and seconded by Kimberly Karish, to inform the Board of County Commissioners of their support for adoption of the Oil & Gas Rulemaking proposal and to encourage the Commissioners to express support to the Air Quality Control Commission ahead of their rulemaking hearing.  Factors relevant to the motion included the following:

·  Oil & gas production represents the largest uncontrolled anthropogenic source of VOCs in the Denver Metro/North Front Range Ozone Non-Attainment Area.

·  The proposed regulations offer a high level of control in a consistent and cost-effective way and will result in an estimated 92,000 tons of VOC reduction on a state-wide basis per year.

·  The proposed regulations close existing gaps in emission control for oil and gas operations.

·  The regulations were developed in consultation with industry and environmental groups.

 

Election of Officers:

Michael Jones was selected by acclamation as Chair for 2014.  Ryan McShane was selected by acclamation as Vicechair for 2014.

 

Approval of October & December 2013 Minutes:

The October minutes were approved as presented.  The December minutes were approved as revised.

 

Updates:  

Kimberly Karish noted that she is working professionally on a submittal for an Environmental Assessment for a forest management project on the Pike National Forest to deal with beetle kill trees.  This may have relevance for forest properties in Larimer County.  Members expressed an interest, and Dr. Karish volunteered to provide an update in the spring as more detailed information becomes available. 

 

Kimberly Karish noted that some research is being performed to determine if the early-season cold weather in November and December had a significant effect on pine or spruce beetle survival.  She will update the Advisory Board on future findings. 

 

ESAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.

 

Next Meeting Agenda:

Unless items are referred from the County Commissioners for consideration in February, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  Potential agenda items for March include a review of the Issue Index, and a discussion of review process for the anticipated summer release of the Environmental Impact Statement for the NISP water project. 

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:55 PM

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