FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Anne Lee Foster: 757-870-5102, firstname.lastname@example.org
CO RISING COMMENTS ON FINAL MARTINEZ RULING
DENVER – On Monday, January 14th at 9am the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision in favor of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission in the pivotal case, Martinez v. COGCC.
Anne Lee Foster of Colorado Rising said, “The Supreme Court’s job is to decide what the law says, not if it is correct or moral. This decision validates all of our concerns that the State is not adequately protecting public health and the regulations are insufficient. It is hard proof that the law is written against the best interests of the people, and in favor of oil and gas industry profits. Considering the unprecedented amount of pending drilling permits being slated for mostly urban areas in Colorado and the large body of health studies showing negative impacts from living near oil and gas. We call on Governor Polis to put a pause on all new drilling and permitting until the legislature can modernize the laws to deal with clear and present threat that horizontal drilling and fracking in neighborhoods poses to public health and safety. An agency that is charged with promoting an industry rather than protecting the public from harm is doomed to catastrophic failure. To this day the COGCC has never turned down a permit. We implore our lawmakers to act swiftly to prevent another tragedy, like the deadly Firestone explosion, from happening again.”
Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect public health & safety from dangerous oil & gas operations.
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