FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anne Lee Foster: 757-870-5102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Salazar: 303-895-7044, email@example.com
SB-181 Passes Out of the Senate
Anne Lee Foster, Communications Director for Colorado Rising, the grassroots, citizen group behind Prop 112 said “We maintain our neutrality on the bill, but are concerned that the amendments added last night strip power from the intent of the bill and will cause litigation nightmares for communities that try to exercise increased protections from oil and gas.
We are concerned about what “necessary and reasonable” means in the context of the amendments. The oil and gas industry has a history of sliding in seemingly innocuous language that in application blunts many sought-after protections.
We are also concerned that the technical boards will serve as a pseudo-COGCC, taking away decision-making from local governments. Also, we are concerned that technical review boards will be nothing more than hand-selected oil and gas rubber stamps looking to bypass the main goals of the bill.
Protecting health, safety, welfare, and environment is paramount. The oil and gas industry has a history of desiring loopholes that say they will protect the environment or people only if it’s technologically feasible. If they can’t protect the people and environment based on current technologies, they shouldn’t be drilling until those capabilities are present.”
Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect public health & safety from dangerous oil & gas operations.
To learn more, please go to www.corising.org