Colorado Petroleum Council and Colorado Oil and Gas Association Respond to Final Passage of Senate Bill 181
DENVER, April 3, 2019 – Today, the Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 181, concurring with the amendments added by the Colorado House of Representatives. The bill now heads to Governor Polis for his signature. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s Dan Haley and the Colorado Petroleum Council’s Ben Marter released the following statement:
“SB 181 is the most comprehensive oil and natural gas legislation Colorado has seen in decades. While a few critical amendments were added that begin to address some of industry’s concerns and provide a degree of certainty to our member companies, our industry remains firmly opposed to this bill because it threatens one of the pillars of Colorado’s economy.
“While we clearly disagree on this bill, we appreciate that legislative leaders heard us and opened a dialogue in the final two weeks about the unintended, and intended, consequences of the legislation as introduced. We hope that dialogue will continue for the remainder of the legislative session and beyond—that’s how Colorado should work. Our state’s energy future is too important to shut out voices from all impacted stakeholder communities.
“State officials have committed to working with industry experts during the highly complex regulatory rulemakings following the bill’s enactment. That will be critical to minimizing the bill’s negative impacts on our state, and we hope that process can begin immediately.”
Founded in 1984, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s (COGA) mission is to foster and promote the beneficial, efficient, responsible and environmentally sound development, production and use of Colorado oil and natural gas. COGA is a nationally recognized trade association that aggressively promotes the expansion of Rocky Mountain natural gas markets, supply, and transportation infrastructure through its growing and diverse membership.
The Colorado Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.