TELL COGCC THAT DRAFT GEOLOGICAL HAZARD REVIEW RULE NEEDS TO GO FURTHER
Tell the COGCC to protect all Coloradans from oil and gas operations located in or proposed in geologically hazardous areas or that can trigger a geological hazard such as a landslide or earthquake beyond the wellpad, not just the oil and gas assets.
Due to diverse geologic structures, rocks, soil types, topography, climatic conditions, and long standing resource extraction Colorado is fraught with geological hazards. While geologic hazards have cost citizens across the state billions of dollars in damage, and hydraulic fracturing and wastewater injection wells have been proven to induce seismicity, COGCC rules are devoid of any substantive protections against those hazards. Oil and gas activities can potentially destabilize already geologically unstable areas, and once earth movements such as landslides are triggered, no engineering solutions can stop their path of destruction. In addition, many Front Range communities experience ground subsidence due to shallow coalbed methane extraction.