Energy and Environment Symposium

Energy and Environment Symposium: Oil and Gas Education for Local Government

Presented by
Garfield County and the CMU Unconventional Energy Center

April 17 & 18, 2019

This two day event is tailored to meet the needs of municipal and county officials tasked with navigating planning, social, fiscal, regulatory and environmental issues related to oil and gas development. Last year 262 local government staff and elected officials from across Colorado participated. We will have a fresh agenda posted soon for your review for 2019 so please plan ahead come join us April 17 & 18, 2019 in Rifle, Colo. 

**Please note this event sold out a month early last year so get registered by March 1st to ensure you do not miss out.


Anyone who regulates the energy industry on behalf of local governments, including municipal and county planners, city and county elected officials and managers, finance officers, and other local leaders.

Registration is now open!

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Symposium Agenda (Draft)

View the current agenda

Program Topics

  • County and state mineral revenue projections
  • Presentations and Q&A by local governments and industry navigating challenging oil and gas development issues in the urban environment
  • Global and Colorado energy market: pricing, production and demand forecasts
  • LNG and oil export projects that will drive local industry activity levels
  • Oil & gas development in the urban landscape:
    • Regulatory controls at state and local levels
    • Field trip to an active oil and gas site
    • The changing landscape for local versus state control of oil & gas in the Polis Administration
    • Update on legislative actions to address statewide oil and gas issues
  • Local economic impacts of oil and gas volatility
  • The shifting federal land, mineral, and environmental regulatory/policy landscape
  • Legal landscape for local versus state control of oil & gas
  • Elasticity of local economic impacts of oil and gas during price and production surges and slumps
  • The shifting federal land, mineral, and environmental regulatory/policy landscape
  • LNG exports and the proposed Jordan Cove Project
  • What we know and don't know about the health and environmental impacts of O&G operations
  • State agency alphabet soup: Executive Director updates and Q&A from COGCC, DOLA, CDPHE, APCD, DNR
  • Industry Innovations: Best mitigation practices local governments can require to minimize nuisance impacts


Grand River Medical Center Conference Facility
501 Airport Road
Rifle, CO 81650

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For More Information

For more information contact Kirby Wynn, Garfield County Oil & Gas Liaison, at 970.625.5905 or