House approval puts bill revamping Colorado oil, gas regulation one step closer to becoming law |

House approval puts bill revamping Colorado oil, gas regulation one step closer to becoming law

Colorado Senate will consider House amendments to bill

From left, Republican state senators Owen Hill, Chris Holbert, Vicki Marble, John Cooke, Bob Rankin and Ray Scott look over Senate Bill 19-181 as it is debated at the Colorado State Capitol on March 12, 2019, in Denver. The bill, which was approved in the Senate and then recently the House, will significantly overhaul regulation of Colorado’s oil and gas industry.
Joe Amon, The Denver Post

A bill overhauling how oil and gas will be regulated in Colorado won final approval in the House on Friday morning, putting it one step closer to the desk of Gov. Jared Polis, who has supported the legislation.

The House voted 36-28 for Senate Bill 19-181, which the Senate passed March 13. The Senate will now consider amendments added in the House’s Thursday night session.

The legislation would revamp the state’s oil and gas regulations by changing the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and putting public health and safety front and center when development is considered. It would also clarify that local governments have the authority under their planning and land-use powers to regulate oil and gas as they do other types of activities.

Since its introduction in early March, the debate around SB 181 has been fierce. The oil and gas industry, several business organizations and elected officials from energy-producing areas contend local governments might try to ban drilling or slow development, reducing tax revenue and jeopardizing tens of thousands of jobs.

Read the full story via The Denver Post.

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