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HB18-1071

Regulate Oil Gas Operations Protect Public Safety

Concerning the regulation of oil and gas operations in a manner consistent with the protection of public safety.
Session:
2018 Regular Session
Subject:
Natural Resources & Environment

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.)

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Under Consideration

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