Colorado

HB 1071 – Regulate Oil Gas Operations Protect Public Safety

Sponsored by: Rep. Joseph Salazar
Legislation to "make the protection of public health, safety and welfare the primary consideration for decisions relating to oil and gas development in Colorado."

Short Summary

This bill would require the state to prioritize protecting public health, safety, and welfare when considering oil and gas development proposals in Colorado.

General Description

“A BILL FOR AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC SAFETY.” [HB 1171, Colorado General Assembly]

Bill Sponsor(s)

Rep. Joseph Salazar

Detailed Bill Summary 

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. [HB 1171, Colorado General Assembly]

Current Status

  • 03/07/18- Postponed indefinitely by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy [Bill History for HB-1071, Colorado General Assembly]

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