Oil and gas board asks for more workers
December 1, 2005
DURANGO – Officials with the Colorado oil and gas oversight board say they need more workers to keep up with the state’s energy boom.Colorado will see a record 5,500 drilling permit applications this year, said Brian Macke, executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.The commission has funding for 38 employees, but officials want to add nine worker because they expect heavy production for the “foreseeable future,” Macke told the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday.Colorado currently has enough inspectors to examine every well in the state once every 3.5 years, according to the commission. With the additional employees, the commission would be able to inspect wells once every 2.8 years.The commission’s goal is to visit each well once every three years, though inspectors also try to respond to complaints from the public with 24 hours, Macke said. He said the commission gets 150 to 200 complaints a year.