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 Colorado, the oil & gas industry has spent over $80,000 influencing politics.


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.

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