Drilling permit protocol memo flags 15 location criteria "subject to additional review by Director"  
By Bevo Beaven, Editor, Oil & Gas 360

A significant increase in the number of drilling permit applications submitted last year in the lead-up to the Nov. 6 election, and with it the looming possibility that Proposition 112 might become law, resulted in 6,307 oil and gas drilling applications on the COGCC docket by mid-December.

By contrast, the backlog totaled 2,151 permits on Dec. 17, 2017, the AP reported in a story on Feb. 17. "James Rouse, the COGCC hearings supervisor, said during a Jan. 28 meeting that challenges to permit applications by towns, cities and counties 'are becoming a big issue and difficult to resolve'.”

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