HB18-1071

HB18-1071 - Regulate Oil Gas Operations Protect Public Safety

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Concerning the regulation of oil and gas operations in a manner consistent with the protection of public safety.

Current law declares that it is in the public interest to '[f]oster the responsible, balanced development, production, and utilization of the natural resources of oil and gas in the state of Colorado in a manner consistent with protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources'. The Colorado court of appeals, in Martinez v. Colo. Oil & Gas Conservation Comm'n , 2017 COA 37, has construed this language to mean that oil and gas development is not balanced with the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources. Rather, that development must occur in a manner consistent with such protection.

The bill codifies the result reached in Martinez .
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Senate Committees

Latest update: January 10, 2018
01/10/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment