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Colorado Petroleum Council responds to the recent filing of anti-oil and gas initiatives


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DENVER, January 7, 2020 – The Colorado Petroleum Council issued the following statement from Executive Director Lynn Granger regarding Colorado Rising’s filed ballot initiatives.

“The existing framework set forth by the various state agencies regulating our industry is intended to protect public health, safety, welfare and the environment, and it has proven to be successful for many years. Colorado’s abundant energy resources are keeping costs down for working families and creating opportunities not only within the industry, but for businesses and diverse communities across the state of Colorado. Advancing policies that support, rather than hinder, this progress while protecting public health and reducing emissions is critical to Colorado’s economic growth and long-term prosperity.

“The industry is committed to the rulemaking process set forth by Senate Bill 181, and we will continue to engage with all stakeholders. It is unfortunate that this group has chosen to ignore this process. Coloradans voted decisively against Proposition 112, and with good reason. The natural gas and oil industry supports 232,900 Colorado jobs and has provided unprecedented opportunity to countless residents of our great state, while simultaneously reducing emissions and protecting public health and safety.”

API released a new report today that showcases seven local communities — including Aurora, Colorado — that have uniquely benefited from American energy production. API also announced the launch of a new campaign, “Energy for Progress,” which will begin airing on TV and digital platforms in Colorado this week.

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.