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 18 & 19, 2018

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 220 local government staff and elected officials from across Colorado participated. We will have a fresh agenda posted soon for your review for 2018 so please plan ahead come join us April 18 & 19, 2018 in Rifle, Colo.


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 closed. Come back next year!

View the 2018 Symposium Presentations

Program Topics

  • County and state mineral revenue projections
  • Global and Colorado energy market: pricing, production and demand forecasts
  • Oil & gas development in the urban landscape:
    • Regulatory controls at state and local levels
    • Anatomy of citizen activism: priority issues, financing and organization
  • Survey Says! Pew Research Center analysis of public views on energy and climate issues in the United States and around the world  
  • Air Quality impacts of oil & gas extraction and production
  • 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
  • What we know and don't know about the health and environmental impacts of O&G operations
  • When the well runs dry: Regulatory oversight for plugging and abandoning nonproductive wells
  • State agency updates: 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

Back by popular demand! Opening night Steak Fry in the Gas Patch networking event on a cattle ranch out in the gas patch.


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