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Get to Know Us: Your Public Servants, The COGCC Commissioners

January 12, 2018


Here are the public servants charged with 'balancing' the industry’s interests with the public’s health and safety.  Note where the thumb is on this scale. 



Ashley Ager, MS, PG

Representation:  Substantial soil conservation or reclamation experience

Area:  West of Continental Divide

Resident County:  La Plata

Political Affiliation:  Democrat

Term Expires:  7/1/2020


Geologist;  Director of Regional Offices for LT Environmental, Inc., which specializes in compliance, engineering and remediation [environmental cleanup] for diverse industries including oil and gas and public and private property owners. Headquartered in Arvada, Colorado, with offices in the DJ, San Juan, Piceance, Uintah, Green River, and Williston basins the Permian Basin in Texas.  “The company’s goal is to provide a technically reasonable approach that protects the public health and environment while encouraging industry to continue to invest in Colorado.”



John H. Benton, Chair

Representation:  Substantial oil and gas industry experience with a college degree in Petroleum Geology or Petroleum Engineering

Resident County:  Littleton

Political Affiliation: Republican

Term Expires:  7/1/2019


Gathering Systems Manager for Caerus Oil And Gas, LLC, a private company formed in 2009 and based in Denver.  In June, Caerus bought Encana’s natural gas assets in the Piceance Basin on Colorado’s Western Slope for $735 million. Caerus had more than 800 wells; with the Encana purchase, it now has about 3100 active wells spread across more than a half million acres. It has reserves and producing properties in Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming; Hugoton Basin, Oklahoma; and Colorado’s Denver Julesburg and Piceance Basins.


Howard Boigon, Co-Vice Chair

Representation:   Substantial oil and gas industry experience

Political Affiliation:  Democrat

Term Expires:  7/1/2020




Vice Chair founder of Boigon Law Ltd, a Denver law firm focused on oil and gas law and policy. The firm advises exploration and production companies on acquisition and disposition of properties, drilling and development agreements, joint operating agreements, master service agreements, and drilling contracts throughout the Rocky Mountain region, Texas, Oklahoma, and the Gulf Coast



James W. Hawkins

Representation:   Substantial oil and gas industry experience with a college degree in Petroleum Geology or Petroleum Engineering

Resident County:  Denver

Political Affiliation:   Democrat

Term Expires:  7/1/2019


28 years experience with Amoco and BP America (BP bought Amoco in the late 90s). Coordinated regulatory approvals for the company’s Colorado and New Mexico oil and gas projects. Most recently, worked as a regulatory engineering consultant for the BP Fruitland Coal infill development. From a recent newspaper article about this project: “The San Juan National Forest is asking for public input on a proposal from BP America Production Company to conduct Fruitland Coal horizontal gas drilling on the Columbine Ranger District in the Sauls Creek area east of Bayfield.”



Tommy E. Holton, Mayor of Fort Lupton, Co-Vice Chair

Representation:   Local government official

Resident County:  Fort Lupton

Political Affiliation:  Republican

Term Expires:  7/1/2019



Operates a family farm and has extensive land use experience. Currently serves as Chairman of the Weld County Planning Commission. There are 23,700 producing wells in Weld County. In 2011, cases of flammable tap water were reported near Fort Lupton—famously and horrifyingly illustrated in the documentary Gasland.



Kent Jolley

Representation:   Engaged in agricultural production and a royalty owner

Area:  West of Continental Divide

Resident County:  Garfield

Political Affiliation:   Republican

Term Expires:  7/1/2020


A third-generation rancher from the New Castle area. He has extensive experience as a royalty earning landowner; since 1980 multiple oil and gas companies have operated on his ranch. Western Garfield County's Battlement Mesa community is also a nearby focal point of oil and gas drilling now that Ursa Resources is drilling within that residential area. Residents have waged a fierce but so far losing battle.



Erin A. Overturf

Representation:   Substantial environmental or wildlife protection experience

Resident County:  Denver

Political Affiliation:   Democrat

Term Expires:  7/1/2019


The token “environmentalist” (that is, environmental attorney) on the COGCC. Chief Energy Counsel with Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates, a conservation organization. Prior to joining Western Resource Advocates, served as an Assistant Solicitor General in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. Western Resource Advocates says the organization has spent “over 25 years protecting the West’s land, air and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature.” 


Judge for yourself: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/  Recent headlines:

Gov. John Hickenlooper, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to receive leadership award from Western Resource Advocates “The two sitting governors will share the Kelley Green Conservation Leadership Award for their support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.”


WRA Praises Governor Hickenlooper for Issuing Strong Executive Action on Climate Change “Governor Hickenlooper’s action today on climate continues to show the West and the world that Colorado can reduce our carbon pollution while keeping our electricity rates low, growing our economy and building new clean energy sectors that have already created tens of thousands of good paying jobs. Colorado has led in addressing climate change before with the state’s Renewable Energy Standard, the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act and state methane rules—and now we will continue to show that the Colorado way protects our health, our environment and our economy.“



Check out Background:  The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)


Check out The Rest of the COGCC:  In Their Own Words



Join us at bocoprotectors.org—and press the TAKE ACTION button


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