The final bill does include more than a half dozen amendments, some of which were requested by the state’s oil and gas industry.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
The moratorium on new oil and gas development in the county is just a "timeout" while Senate Bill 181 is ironed out at the state Capitol.
Hours after the commission approved Extraction’s proposal, the Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would overhaul state oil and gas rules.
Broomfield residents are taking their case both to state regulators and federal court.
SB-181 would require state regulators to prioritize health and safety when deciding whether to grant new drilling permits.
Democratic Speaker of the House KC Becker from Boulder said her party doesn’t want to put the industry out of business, but now that they’re in charge they’re ready to move things forward.
Our Children's Trust, which supported the young plaintiffs in the case, said it was disappointed that the Supreme Court would not reconsider nor explain why.
The lawsuit, initiated by the Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee, names Gov. Jared Polis and regulatory agency Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as defendants.
Environmentalists and oil companies have been on edge since the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the fall.
The move comes a month after Colorado voters rejected Proposition 112, which would have increased setbacks to 2,000 feet.