Steamboat Springs David Neslin has resigned his position as Director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to return to the practice of law effective in February, according to a press release from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Neslin was appointed director of the Oil and Gas Commission in November 2007.
Neslin spoke to audience in the Routt County Courthouse late in 2011 and tentatively was expected to return for a public meeting Feb. 21, when it was hoped he would answer questions from county officials about the scope of environmental protections for oil and gas exploration regulated by his agency.
Under Neslin’s tenure, the Oil and Gas Commission comprehensively updated the state’s oil and gas regulations to strengthen environmental protections during a significant increase in energy development, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Neslin also oversaw changes within the agency that resulted in more efficient permit reviews and other process improvements assisting industry and the public.
Neslin also worked with environmental groups and industry to develop a new chemical disclosure law for hydraulic fracturing.
“Leading this agency through a time of dynamic change in energy development in Colorado has been a challenging, exciting and rewarding experience,” Neslin said in the release. “I look forward to continuing the work of building collaborative, productive solutions to energy and natural resources issues in a new forum.”