The Larimer Alliance Steering Committee has developed the following working groups, in order to facilitate its ongoing mission of protecting Larimer County from the oil and gas industry. Your input and volunteer actions are welcome. The groups are explained below:
INTRODUCTION: THE NEED AND PURPOSE OF THE WORKING GROUPS
What is a working group? It is a loose collection of individuals interested in specific issue related to the Alliance's mission, who volunteer their time to split up the work and contribute to it. The working group reports its findings or ongoing activity to the Steering Committee (SC). Each working group needs to have a liaison to the SC.
Why were the working groups formed? Essentially, the working groups are a division of labor, and an opportunity for Alliance volunteers to help fulfill the Alliance mission. Joining a working group does not imply any formal commitment, so they are for volunteers to donate what time they wish to help, to feel part of our mission, and to learn more about the issue in which they are interested. The mission of the Alliance is broad, because it covers both implementation of SB-181 at the county level, as well as monitoring developments of state-level regulations at the three primary agencies involved in its implementation: the COGCC, AQCC and CDPHE (see further explanation below). As such, Working Groups provide opportunity to broaden the Alliance's focus and and clarify possibilities for participation.
What are the working groups, and how do they function? The current working groups are described below. They function however they wish to function, and driven by the needs of the issue they are working on. A dedicated, private email list can be set up for the working group members to keep in touch. Nearly all the work of the working groups involves just online work; physical meetings are unnecessary.
How can I join a Working Group? Post a message in the Larimer Alliance listserv that you are interested; someone in the Steering Committee will see it, and get back to you. (Please note that you will need to have signed up to join the listserv first, which you can do here.)
The Campaign Working Group
This WG will help with making direct contact with county residents that could be impacted by any local O&G action, or on any upcoming campaigns for candidates that could impact the Alliance's mission.
The COGCC/CDPHE/AQCC Working Group
This WG is focused on monitoring any new developments with interpretation of SB-181 or other environmental regulations, and registering public comment where possible. Activity revolves around the announcement of public events from the following key agencies:
The Media/Outreach Working Group
This WG is responsible for sending out press releases, public announcements, posting op-ed pieces and fostering relationships with media publications. Social media is part of this WG, and volunteers are always welcome to help with that ongoing activity. Anyone can join the Larimer Alliance Facebook Group, and post appropriate material there.
The Mission Strategy Working Group
This WG will be working on how the Larimer Alliance should evolve as an organization. The fact that the county passed its own O&G regulations this spring, and that the COGCC will finish its rulemaking in July 2020, means that the Alliance needs to shift its focus.
The Rulemaking Working Group
This WG involved in influencing oil and gas regulations at the county, city and state levels. Senate Bill-181 was passed in April 2019 which required the State, and allowed counties and communities, to develop new, more protective regulations. This group reviews and assesses these regulations, provides a vetted Alliance response, and alerts the Alliance for participation in public comment periods and other means for influencing protective regulations.
The Well Watch Working Group
The WG is about monitoring any new well applications that are filed with the county and assessing and analyzing them to make sure they comply with SB-181.