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Conversation with the COGCC
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Pl.
Denver, CO 80204

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Thursday, August 18, 2022, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM MDT
Category: Speaker Series


 A Conversation with the COGCC: Featuring Jeff Robbins

We are excited to welcome the Chair of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), Jeff Robbins, to the Denver Petroleum Club Speaker Series. Mr. Robbins will provide an update on the state of affairs at the COGCC, with a moderated Q&A with the audience to follow. Coffee and a breakfast buffet are included with admission.

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Speaker & Moderator:


Jeff Robbins (Speaker) - Chair, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Jeff Robbins was appointed by Governor Polis to serve as the first Chair of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (COGCC) new Professional Commission, July 1, 2020. Robbins was appointed as “member with professional experience demonstrating an ability to contribute to the commission’s body of expertise that will aid the commission in making sound, balanced decisions” for a term expiring July 1, 2024. In this role, Robbins will help to lead the newly formed Professional Commission’s efforts in support of the implementation of the landmark legislation, SB 19-181, that changed the COGCC’s mission from “fostering” oil and gas development to “regulating” in a manner that is protective of public health, safety, welfare, wildlife and the environment. Robbins joined the COGCC on January 17, 2019 as interim Director and then as official Director on March 19, 2019. For the past 18 months, he led the division’s efforts in SB 19-181 rulemaking, all day-to-day operations and implementation of SB 19-181. Prior to being the Director of the COGCC, he served as counselor and advisor to Gov. Jared Polis on oil and gas issues for the past six years. Robbins also served on the 2014 Colorado Task Force Regarding State and Local Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations. Prior to his appointment to COGCC, Robbins had a private law practice in Colorado since 1996 and was a partner in the law firm of Goldman, Robbins, Nicholson & Mack, P.C., based in Durango. He has substantial experience in governmental law. Early in his career he served as County Attorney for La Plata County for 12 years and Archuleta County for three years. More recently, he has focused his practice on assisting multiple front range communities, including Adams County, the City of Aurora, the City of Dacono, Boulder County, the City of Lafayette, and the City of Timnath, as legal counsel on oil and gas matters helping these communities address land use and surface issues arising out of oil and gas operations. He had practiced extensively before the COGCC in the representation of these clients. Robbins has a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University and earned a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Holly Hill (Moderator) - Regulatory Manager, Caerus Oil and Gas

Born and raised in Denver, Holly is fiercely proud to be a Colorado native.  She is currently the Regulatory Manager at Caerus Oil and Gas, which operates primarily in the Piceance and Uintah Basins.  She began her career in the oil and gas sector in 2005 at FIML Natural Resources as a Lease Analyst.  She then made the leap to Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. where, for eleven (11) years, she fulfilled various roles in Land and Regulatory disciplines.  Holly also worked at Noble Energy, Inc. as an Environmental Policy Analyst and the DJ Basin Regulatory Supervisor.  The bulk of Holly’s professional experience has involved working primarily Federal assets in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  Holly is well versed in the NEPA planning process for Federal permitting and has worked to acquire approvals for complex development projects that involve sensitive species and habitat as well as cultural resources.  Holly is dedicated to open, direct and transparent communications and she strives to build constructive relationships with peers and agency stakeholders.  Due to this personal ethos, Holly has worked diligently to collaborate with vital stakeholders on forming oil and gas regulations and policies.  The highlights of her career involve several oil and gas rulemaking endeavors in Colorado and New Mexico.  In her free time Holly enjoys traveling, anything and everything true crime, and dining out with friends (when that’s allowed again…).