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Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Lynn Granger reacts to delayed action on 500 series rulemaking

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DENVER, June 18, 2019 – After two days of testimony, tonight the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission delayed a vote on the 500 series Rulemaking required by Senate Bill 181 until the next hearing scheduled for July 31 and August 1. Colorado Petroleum Council Executive Director Lynn Granger released the following statement in response to the delay:

“We are disappointed that the COGCC delayed deliberations to implement rules prescribed by Senate Bill 181. From our perspective, this rulemaking was intended to be fairly straightforward, and set the stage for the Commission to focus on the more substantive challenges ahead of it.

“While the discussion during this rulemaking process was robust, we were dismayed that the testimony far exceeded the scope and believe this contributed to postponing the vote. As we move forward, we hope the commission will continue to refine and improve the rulemaking process to be as efficient and meaningful as possible for all Coloradans and hope the COGCC can implement a structured process that allows for constructive conversations and a platform to move forward following the passage of Senate Bill 181.”

The Colorado Petroleum Council is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s natural gas and oil 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.