Job-Threatening Colorado Bill Advances Again
Senate Bill 19-181 has passed through the Colorado Senate Finance Committee after advancing through the State Senate Transportation & Energy Committee earlier this week.
A motion to progress the bill to the committee on appropriations passed on a vote of 4-3. The bill is scheduled to be tabled to this committee on Friday.
“It is absolutely unconscionable for Democratic leadership in the State Senate to continue to advance this jobs-killing bill at breakneck speed without sufficient input from every Coloradan who it would affect,” Colorado Petroleum Council (CPC) Executive Director, Tracee Bentley, said in an organization statement.
“This measure would dramatically and permanently alter Colorado’s energy landscape, putting at immediate risk hundreds of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars of critical state revenue and hundreds of millions in direct funding for public education,” Bentley added.
“As a leading advocate for the 233,000 Colorado women and men whose livelihoods depend on the natural gas and oil industry, we will continue to sound the alarm at full volume,” Bentley continued.
According to the Colorado General Assembly website, SB19-181 “enhances local governments' ability to protect public health, safety, and welfare and the environment by clarifying, reinforcing, and establishing their regulatory authority over the surface impacts of oil and gas development”.
In an organization statement posted on its website earlier this week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) said the bill would “at the very least hinder, if not prohibit” energy development in Colorado.
The CPC is a division of the API, which describes itself as the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry.
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