People need more time to comment on Shell drilling in Huerfano County
  • Petitioned John Galusha

This petition was delivered to:

Local Government Designee (LGD) for Huerfano County
John Galusha

People need more time to comment on Shell drilling in Huerfano County

    1. Petition by

      Citizens for Huerfano County

PETITION CURRENTLY CLOSED.  Thanks for your interest - update coming soon!

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DO YOU LIVE IN COLORADO (or own property there)? If so, please sign by the end of the day on June 7th to help the people of Huerfano County get 10 more days to file comments on 8 new well applications for Shell Oil to drill in 4 pristine locations near the town of Gardner in the Huerfano River drainage.

State law allows only 20 days for public comment, but the Local Government Designee (LGD) can request a 10-day extension under rule 305.c.

John Galusha, the LGD for Huerfano County refused to ask for the 10-day extension that Citizens for Huerfano County requested.  Instead of responding to our questions and concerns he deferred to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

This refusal is especially frustrating considering the recent Governor's special task force on oil and gas regulation which recommended the LGD as the solution to conflict over state vs local government regulation.  In a recent interview*, task force chair Mike King described the LGD as, “the person who takes the requests, concerns and comments of local citizens to the COGCC” and “the key to a robust process” between the public and state.

The LGD is not working for us in Huerfano County!

Tell John Galusha to give people enough time to review and comment on Shell's plans to drill in pristine and new areas of Huerfano County by requesting the 10-day extension allowed under COGCC rule 305.c.

Thank you!

Citizens for Huerfano County

La Veta, Colorado

More information

*Download Mike King's statement:

Task force report: Oil and gas task force makes recommendations related to state and local regulatory jurisdiction







Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chandra Perry-Swick WALSENBURG, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      John Galusha needs to respect the citizens that he works for, and stop ignoring and disrespecting them as a matter of course.

    • Orlie White WALSENBURG, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Concerned Huerfano County citizen.

    • Marsha Milller DENVER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      Mr. Galusha, is not an additional 10 days reasonable for such a major impact on this community? Is this not the charge of your position-to effectively represent the interests of the community in respect to Oil & Gas? This clearly demonstrates that the LGD position is completely failing it's role-that this position is no more than a puppet head of the COGCC and corporate Oil & Gas interests. Why else are communities organizing across the state against Oil & Gas? Why are the taxpayers paying for your position when you clearly do not represent their interests?

    • nicole rogers CRESTONE, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      i live in colorado and dont want to see it destroyed by careless drilling

    • Emil McCain GARDNER, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      This 10-day extension is essential. I have not had time to get my comments in before the deadline.


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