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Oil and gas activity focus of tonight’s city workshop

An oil rig operated on Moffat County Road 37 outside of Hamilton is pictured on Sept. 16. Craig City Council will host a workshop at 5:30 p.m. today about oil and gas operations within city limits.

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What: Craig City Council workshop on oil and gas operations in city limits

When: 5:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

— The council will discuss oil and gas operations within city limits.

Below is the agenda for the council’s regular meeting at 7:30 tonight following the oil and gas workshop:

• Roll call

• Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence

• Approve Sept. 13 meeting minutes

• Approve agenda

• Consent agenda:

— Approve special events permit for the annual Craig Chamber of Commerce Crabfest on Oct. 29 at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

— Approve renewal of the 3.2-percent beer retail liquor licenses for the three Kum & Go stores in Craig at 895 Yampa Ave., 1302 W. Victory Way and 700 E. Victory Way. No cause shown for denial.

• Audiences:

— Public hearing to consider granting a tavern liquor license to Dennis Otis, doing business as Cool Water Grille LLC, at 337 W. Victory Way.

— Kandee Dilldine will present an update on this year’s Grand Olde West Days.

• Staff reports:

— Finance director Bruce Nelson will present the month end financial report for August.

• City manager/city attorney reports

• Council reports

• Audience comments

• Adjournment

The Craig City Council will meet with a Steamboat Springs attorney tonight during a workshop on oil and gas activity inside city limits.

The workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. It is open to the public, and precedes the council's regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Ryan, an attorney with Klauzer & Tremaine, LLC, will meet with the council.

She works on land and mineral leases as part of her practice and was one of the featured presenters at the Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Symposium in Hayden earlier this month.

"I'm going to be talking about the same things I presented at the symposium in Hayden," Ryan said. "Basic oil and gas issues in Routt and Moffat counties that we are seeing in our office in regards to surface and mineral rights."

Ryan said she was asked to speak to city officials by Craig Mayor Terry Carwile after two residents recently voiced concerns about seismic activity occurring within the city.

"Terry told me about some of the issues people are having with the seismic activity in the area," Ryan said. "I'm looking forward to hearing what the council has to say and how I can be a resource."

Council member Jennifer Riley said she's also heard from residents having issues with the seismic activity in the city. One company performing seismic activity has been "really aggressive and pretty tough to work with for the community," she said.

"We just want to know what's allowed, what's not allowed and what these companies are obligated to do to compensate land owners even if they're not the mineral owners," Riley said.

Riley said she's also hoping to have a discussion with Ryan about Craig's land use code that was designed to prevent oil and gas activity within city limits.

Council member Ray Beck said he doesn't have any specific questions prepared for Ryan, but is interested in learning the effects oil and gas activity will have on the city.

"I'm hopeful the workshop will educate the council on this issue in both the short- and long-term," Beck said. "I'm interested in learning the potential social, economical and environmental impacts on the community."

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