Politics & Laws
The oil & gas industry spends millions of dollars lobbying elected officials at every level of government to ensure laws and policies are favorable to their profits, not the health, safety, and well-being of people and the planet.
In 2005, then vice-President Dick Cheney (and former CEO of Halliburton) ushered in a new era of sweeping reforms favoring the oil & gas industry. Known as the Halliburton Loophole, the oil & gas industry was exempted from critical pieces of federal legislation designed to protect our air, land, water and health.
The Halliburton Loophole allowed the oil & gas industry exemptions to ignore key provisions in:
- The Safe Drinking Water Act
- The Clean Air Act
- The Clean Water Act
- The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
- The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
Senator John Hickenlooper, and Former Governor of Colorado and former Denver Mayor, has taken hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from the oil & gas industry.