Colorado Rising Statement on Polis Signing SB-181


Contact: Anne Lee Foster: 757-870-5102,


Colorado Rising Statement on Polis Signing SB-181

DENVER — On Tuesday, April 16th at 3:30 pm the Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, will sign SB-181 into law.

Anne Lee Foster, Communications Director of Colorado Rising, the grassroots, citizen group behind Prop 112 said: “While SB-181 does not address all of the concerns and threats associated with industrial fracking activity, it is a desperately needed tipping back of enormously unbalanced scales in favor of people and environment. SB-181 is the most substantial shift we have seen in decades and puts communities on much better footing when confronted with industrial oil and gas in their backyards.”

“For decades, Colorado residents have pushed for common-sense protections (Protect Act, Regulate Oil Gas Operations for Protect Public Safety bill, Operators Liable For Oil And Gas Operations bill, etc.) to prioritize health and safety that have died at the hands of an oil and gas controlled legislature. Without the constant pressure and environmental advocacy applied by Colorado Rising and partner organizations, the oil and gas industry would still be operating in its usual haphazard and dangerous manner. Our success in getting Prop 112 on the ballot and securing 45% of the electorate despite being outspent at least 40-1 last year, forced lawmakers to take heed to citizen pleas and reckon with this reckless and monied industry.”

“Colorado Rising will continue to stand with residents and ensure the state is living up to their new mandate of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of people and environment first. There is still much work to be done.”

Colorado Rising will be available for comment on the West steps of the Capitol directly following the Governor’s signing at 3:30 pm today.


Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect public health & safety from dangerous oil & gas operations.

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