HB18-1071

HB18-1071 - Regulate Oil Gas Operations Protect Public Safety

Postponed Indefinitely
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 the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

 

Latest update: March 7, 2018
03/07/2018 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
02/12/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
02/09/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/08/2018 - House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/07/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/08/2018 - No Amendments
02/06/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/07/2018 - No Amendments
02/01/2018 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
01/10/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment